By Javier Manjarres
Florida Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Goya Food’s Miami headquarters and distribution center for his fifteenth ‘Let’s Get to Work’ day. During the visit, Scott received a grand tour of the facility, and Goya’s executives put the governor to work sorting and packing a variety of beans for packaging and stocking the shelves inside the company’s employee grocery store.
Scott told reporters that the very first business that he almost purchased was a grocery store very much like the small ‘Bodegas’ that can be found all over Miami. The Governor told me that he worked at a grocery store from the ages of 15-24, doing everything from bagging, stocking shelves, and working in the produce section.
Towards the end of the tour, the Governor, along with his staff and the press were invited to some home cooked Cuban cuisine in Goya’s executive kitchen, or as one employee called it, “the food testing kitchen.”
Scott indulged in a favorite non-alcoholic drink of many Latinos, the sugary beverage Malta. Goya bottles their own Malta, and the drink is made up caramelized malt, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hops, caramel color, salt, and did we mention more sugar?
The Miami Herald’s Political Reporter Marc Caputo described the taste of Malta best- “it’s like drinking a Molasses soda.”
After everyone was done stuffing their face with Cuban fare, it was back to work. Reporters asked Scott about the 2012 general election fiasco and the problems that some precincts had which had voters waiting hours to cast ballots. In some counties, voting results were not announced until days later.
Scott said the something needed to be done to fix Florida’s electoral system and that “ballots are way too long, we need to deal with how long our ballots are.” Scott also thinks that elections officials need to look into the current size of existing polling stations as well as “how many days” and “how many hours” are really required for to stage an election.
A reform of the election process could very well be at the top of Scott’s agenda come the 2013 Legislative session in Tallahassee, as he stated that there could be some changes made as early as this year-
“We should do something this session, I’m optimistic that something will happen this session.”-Governor Rick Scott
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