Divide growing between Florida governor, other Republicans

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2016 9:03 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott is getting handed a string of defeats this year that could render his final 2 ½ years in office nearly irrelevant.

Republican legislators have already rejected Scott's pitch for steep tax cuts and $250 million for business incentives. They are poised to scuttle a major gambling deal he negotiated with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and may reject his hand-picked leader for the state's health department. And there is growing talk that if Scott vetoes parts of this year's budget, lawmakers will override him.

The blame for the breakdown has been cast on a multitude of factors. Scott has stopped raising money for the Republican Party, and his flirtation with a possible endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has drawn the ire of other Republicans.