Among the big-time donors who recently gave to Scott: the Lightning's Jeff Vinik. According to state records, he donated $100,000 to the governor's PAC in early April.
Maybe that's why Scott tweeted congrats to Vinik & the Bolts four times through two-and-a-half playoff series!
Congratulations to the @TBLightning on their Game 7 win last night against Detroit. Keep it going!— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) April 30, 2015
Congratulations to @TBLightning for their game 2 win over the Canadiens. #Florida needs another #StanleyCup!— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) May 4, 2015
Congratulations to @TBLightning on winning series against Canadiens! On to the Eastern Conference Finals #GoBolts— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) May 13, 2015
To be fair, it's not uncommon for Gov. Scott to congratulate Florida teams and Floridians who win championships. But not even the Seminoles during their BCS Championship run got the kind of love (four tweets and a video) the Bolts are getting...and the Stanley Cup playoffs aren't done yet, either!Congratulations to the @TBLightning for making it to the Eastern Conference finals! Keep it going! #GoBolts bit.ly/1ESGMxn— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) May 13, 2015
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Vinik's been a long-time GOP supporter, cutting campaign checks in recent years to the likes of Mitt Romney, Pam Bondi, and the Republican National Committee.
But maybe another $100k from Vinik could get Scott to grow a playoff beard?
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