Gov. Rick Scott has attracted the attention of Comedy Central's faux news talk show host Stephen Colbert, who lampooned Scott Monday night for his low approval ratings -- 29 percent -- and the pre-written letter that Scott's website is asking supporters to email to Florida newspaper editors.
RickScottForFlorida.com, a promotional website sponsored by the state Republican Party, asks supporters to send the Tampa Tribune and six other newspapers a pre-written letter describing Scott as "refreshing" and deserving of "unwavering and enthusiastic support."
Colbert read the letter aloud on his show Monday night and offered up his own satirical version, which he posted at ColbertNation.com complete with mailing addresses for the Tampa Tribune and several other newspapers.
Unlike the RPOF version, Colbert's canned letter includes a few fill-in-the-blanks:
It is my strong belief that Rick Scott is a(n) _____ governor. His letter praising himself makes me want to _____ up. I _____ _____ this great nation, and everyone should ______ Rick Scott with a _____ for a(n) _____ full-body shave like a naked mole rat.
The state Republican Party has taken several steps to buff up Scott's image since polls began showing in May that Scott's poll numbers were so low. Along with posting the canned letter on RickScottForFlorida.com, the party has made at least three robo-calls to Florida residents promoting Scott, his actions on bills and the state's falling unemployment rate.
Brian Burgess, spokesman for Scott, said recently that he pays little attention to polls but attributed any problems with the governor's popularity -- and that of other politicians -- to the persistently sluggish state and national economies.