Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff resigns, replacement named

Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he delivers his 'State of the State' speech Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012, during the first day of the Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures as he delivers his "State of the State" speech Tuesday Jan. 10, 2012, during the first day of the Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

— Steve MacNamara, who brought Tallahassee experience to the outsider administration of Gov. Rick Scott after a rocky beginning to the former businessman's tenure, resigned Saturday as Scott's chief of staff.

Scott quickly named Adam Hollingsworth, a former chief of staff to former Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, as MacNamara's replacement.

The move, effective July 1, came amid a series of stories from the Associated Press and the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau about MacNamara's role in a shake-up of Scott's administration and state contracts.

"It has been a pleasure and an honor serving you, but the recent media attention I have been receiving has begun to interfere with the day-to-day operations of this office," MacNamara said in his resignation letter. "I feel now is the time to plan for me to depart, for you to name my replacement and for us to work on a smooth transition."

The AP reported that the move came hours after the organization asked about MacNamara's involvement in a software contract with the Department of Education. MacNamara had also faced stories in recent days about his role in at least one other contract and the ousting of some agency heads. And there were questions about whether he bent travel policies for Florida's film commissioner, a friend.

MacNamara instead focused in his resignation letter on the administration's accomplishments during his time as chief of staff, which started in July. And he highlighted efforts to overhaul Scott's public image; the governor has seen a slight uptick in his poll numbers in recent months after his first few months in office were met with overwhelming disapproval by Florida voters.

"It is my belief that I have helped Floridians begin to know the real Rick Scott -- a man who listens to them, tries to understand their issues and concerns, and works diligently to help solve their problems," MacNamara wrote.

MacNamara again pointed out that he planned to leave Scott's administration by the end of the year in any event.

In a statement issued by his office, Scott praised MacNamara.

"I believe Steve has had a tremendous impact me and Ann as well as my administration and our state," Scott said. "I respect his efforts and ideas. I have a great deal of confidence in his ability to assist me and my staff through the upcoming weeks as we transition to a new chief of staff."

Hollingsworth is not unknown to the governor; he is credited by some with helping to broker a sort of truce between Scott and the Republican Party of Florida after much of the establishment backed former Attorney General Bill McCollum in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.

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big_peach_e writes:

If the Governor is a crook, why would you expect his Chief of Staff to have any moral base or ethics...and still, the lemmings in this state vote Republican.

cman writes:

Rick Scott will always be a dark spot in Florida History. He does not have any morals or ethics, this was clear long before he was elected. He should be in Jail for the tax payer money he stole through his Medicare fraud. If we could recall it would be a landslide.

joeybaccala writes:

in response to cman:

Rick Scott will always be a dark spot in Florida History. He does not have any morals or ethics, this was clear long before he was elected. He should be in Jail for the tax payer money he stole through his Medicare fraud. If we could recall it would be a landslide.

Just curious, why is he "a dark spot"? In case you don't realize it, he was cleared of any wrong doing. What seems to be your problem?

staghorn writes:

never trust a republican©

volochine writes:

I detest it when these invasive species leave the mothership, and go elsewhere. It makes them so hard to track. Although, it sounds like the corruption police have evidence on Mr. MacNamara, so hopefully we will be able to confine him to Gov. Scott.

RainMan writes:

Har... don't listen to the PROGRESSIVE LIBERALS, they think stuff like this is good for Ameritopia.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ-4gn...

angrytxpyr writes:

The only reason this IDIOT quit is he was s----- enough not to realize that his antics would be uncovered and exposed in the media. He was doing what his Boss let him do, his Boss, Icky Rick should have fired him instead of letting him quit. I mean was it not Candidate Icky Rick that promised to bring "ACCOUNTABILITY" back to State Government. Nope letting this IDIOT slither under another rock, which will more than likely be another TAXPAYER funded job with his resume intact is just an example of the Governors idea of "ACCOUNTABILITY"!!! A person of poor character and tendencies toward unethical conduct will always try to surround themselves with people of the same personalities but with less control.

Carrot_Stick writes:

in response to joeybaccala:

Just curious, why is he "a dark spot"? In case you don't realize it, he was cleared of any wrong doing. What seems to be your problem?

Actually, you are very wrong. Rick Scott was not cleared of any wrong doing. He settled in court, which became the largest settlement in US history. Tell me, why would an innocent man settle? Cman was right, Rick Scott should be behind bars.

CarpeVeritas writes:

Florida voters elected this Governor with eyes wide open.

The premise was that "career" politicians are a cancer eating away at the Republic. Their greed for power was ruining us.

Lacking any governing experience was a hallmark of virtue -- the citizen politician at its eighteenth-century best, "lending" business experience to America.

It did not matter whether Mr. Scott's private sector humiliation came from fraud or incredibly idiotic mismanagement. He said anyone in power is evil. A plurality of Floridians agreed.

We now see with rueful eyes that all experiments with better governance do not pan out.

Next time around, maybe a majority of electors will consider men and women with some skill at government, those who can present a track record of accomplishments and failures in public service.

I don't pick my doctors by judging their golf scores. Medical skill and experience matter.

cman writes:

Just for the record in the November 2010 midterm elections less than 50% of the electorate voted and Scott got just barely half of that. So with just over 25% of registered voters supporting him we all suffer.

Interesting adjacent to this article is the high billing of Florida Hospitals to Medicare. Coincidence I think not Rick taught them
well. Unbelievable seriously?

Banker26 writes:

MacNamara defines the term loser.

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

in response to Carrot_Stick:

Actually, you are very wrong. Rick Scott was not cleared of any wrong doing. He settled in court, which became the largest settlement in US history. Tell me, why would an innocent man settle? Cman was right, Rick Scott should be behind bars.

Actually, you're very wrong - bad grammar by the way. You're either wrong or correct. 'Very' wrong is meaningless, as is your post.

Governor Scott wasn't cleared of wrongdoing. Why? He wasn't charged with any.

Governor Scott reportedly settled a civil case - different from criminal 'wrongdoing'. - as do ninety-five percent of defendants in civil cases filed by predatory chronic nuisances with law degrees who shake down successful businesses and individuals, and who Judicially Terrorize those who expose murderous jealous liars.

George Allen Wilson, II of Cheffy, "We Make Housecalls!", Passidomo and 'dirty divorce lawyer, 'Mark V. Silverio, are two predatory cowards with law tickets who attack innocent citizens with Judicial Terrorism. They do so on behalf of jealous, covetous, corkscrew-tailed clients who committed capital crimes to violate a Living Trust drafted to protect families from their ilk.

As a veteran Naples attorney expressed it, "Cheffy, Passidomo is well known for doing people out of what rightfully belongs to them."

They're tedious, predictable and all over the place these days - like dog doot. They sue the innocent to enrich themselves and suppress truth because they fear it.

That's why the Left relentlessly attacks Governor Scott: because for all the Left's moronic, scripted, insults, Florida is doing well. Not as well as Texas, but still well as compared with the rest of the country.

By the bye, what was this civil suit which the Governor settled, hmmmm?

You leftists keep pointing to it but you never supply specifics, do you?

What are they? Case number? Parties? Amount of settlement and on what grounds, besides shaky?

The more the Left burps predictable insults, the more citizens see it for the marxist crime syndicate it's always been.

Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
13 May, 2012

Carrot_Stick writes:

in response to paul_vincent_zecchino:

Actually, you're very wrong - bad grammar by the way. You're either wrong or correct. 'Very' wrong is meaningless, as is your post.

Governor Scott wasn't cleared of wrongdoing. Why? He wasn't charged with any.

Governor Scott reportedly settled a civil case - different from criminal 'wrongdoing'. - as do ninety-five percent of defendants in civil cases filed by predatory chronic nuisances with law degrees who shake down successful businesses and individuals, and who Judicially Terrorize those who expose murderous jealous liars.

George Allen Wilson, II of Cheffy, "We Make Housecalls!", Passidomo and 'dirty divorce lawyer, 'Mark V. Silverio, are two predatory cowards with law tickets who attack innocent citizens with Judicial Terrorism. They do so on behalf of jealous, covetous, corkscrew-tailed clients who committed capital crimes to violate a Living Trust drafted to protect families from their ilk.

As a veteran Naples attorney expressed it, "Cheffy, Passidomo is well known for doing people out of what rightfully belongs to them."

They're tedious, predictable and all over the place these days - like dog doot. They sue the innocent to enrich themselves and suppress truth because they fear it.

That's why the Left relentlessly attacks Governor Scott: because for all the Left's moronic, scripted, insults, Florida is doing well. Not as well as Texas, but still well as compared with the rest of the country.

By the bye, what was this civil suit which the Governor settled, hmmmm?

You leftists keep pointing to it but you never supply specifics, do you?

What are they? Case number? Parties? Amount of settlement and on what grounds, besides shaky?

The more the Left burps predictable insults, the more citizens see it for the marxist crime syndicate it's always been.

Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
13 May, 2012

Big Paul Zecchino having issues with my grammar....what are you, a kid trying to find an insult in every possible way? You are an idiot!...Oh, here is another one: Your mom is ugly! Wow, grow up!

Typically a 'settlement' prevents one from being charged so of course he was never charged...wow, you are a smart one!

This should answer your s----- questions, directly from the justice department:

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2003/Ju...

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

in response to Carrot_Stick:

Big Paul Zecchino having issues with my grammar....what are you, a kid trying to find an insult in every possible way? You are an idiot!...Oh, here is another one: Your mom is ugly! Wow, grow up!

Typically a 'settlement' prevents one from being charged so of course he was never charged...wow, you are a smart one!

This should answer your s----- questions, directly from the justice department:

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2003/Ju...

Hi! Great to hear from you! Thank you for exercising your First Ammendment Right to Free Speech!

Please, do continue. Fascinating reading. Thanks!

PVZ
MK, FL
13 May, 2012

born_here writes:

in response to paul_vincent_zecchino:

Actually, you're very wrong - bad grammar by the way. You're either wrong or correct. 'Very' wrong is meaningless, as is your post.

Governor Scott wasn't cleared of wrongdoing. Why? He wasn't charged with any.

Governor Scott reportedly settled a civil case - different from criminal 'wrongdoing'. - as do ninety-five percent of defendants in civil cases filed by predatory chronic nuisances with law degrees who shake down successful businesses and individuals, and who Judicially Terrorize those who expose murderous jealous liars.

George Allen Wilson, II of Cheffy, "We Make Housecalls!", Passidomo and 'dirty divorce lawyer, 'Mark V. Silverio, are two predatory cowards with law tickets who attack innocent citizens with Judicial Terrorism. They do so on behalf of jealous, covetous, corkscrew-tailed clients who committed capital crimes to violate a Living Trust drafted to protect families from their ilk.

As a veteran Naples attorney expressed it, "Cheffy, Passidomo is well known for doing people out of what rightfully belongs to them."

They're tedious, predictable and all over the place these days - like dog doot. They sue the innocent to enrich themselves and suppress truth because they fear it.

That's why the Left relentlessly attacks Governor Scott: because for all the Left's moronic, scripted, insults, Florida is doing well. Not as well as Texas, but still well as compared with the rest of the country.

By the bye, what was this civil suit which the Governor settled, hmmmm?

You leftists keep pointing to it but you never supply specifics, do you?

What are they? Case number? Parties? Amount of settlement and on what grounds, besides shaky?

The more the Left burps predictable insults, the more citizens see it for the marxist crime syndicate it's always been.

Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
13 May, 2012

Another long boring diatribe by Paul Vincent Zecchino.

Rick Scott taking the 5th 75 times tells the story to all except the politically blind (by choice) and the very naive.

Quoting you... "The more the Left burps predictable insults, the more citizens see it for the marxist crime syndicate it's always been."

Hypocrite!

blueblueblue writes:

I wish Scott would resign...

Robertofnaples writes:

There seems to be a patteren here. Gov Rick Scott (AKA as Dick to "our" legislators), has trouble in over seeing ethical and legally responsible person's under his charge. Look to his past as a gauge to his future decisions on employing people. He claims he had "no" knowledge of criminal activity before. Not once but at least three times now. Look into Scott's friends from the private businesses he "ran?". There seems again to be a certain degree of seperation, here. Is it knowingly or unknowingly, that persons in his charge violate ethical standards and law itself? He does though come out of bad situations while a fat wad of cash each time. If this is what Republican Tea Party officials see as the future for American politics; count me out. It seems their only goal (with one exception); is to go after people who don't share thier core "values". What says you "Barry" about backing both Rubio and Scott now? I know, I know you were before them and now you are against them. Elections are now won 94% of the time with the candidate with the biggest war chests. Is that what you really want?

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

in response to ISPEAKFORGOD:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Care to use your real name? Your latest alias fools no one.

I've long written of people who commit capital crimes to loot a Living Trust, one to which my family and I have long had no access, nor have we requested any, despite being sole surviving rightful possessors.

Got it?

We've had no access to what's rightfully ours, nor has any member of my family made any such request for it.

Still giddy?

This isn't about me or 'daddys money', something which perhaps you crave.

It's about what those qualified to speak to this issue have called a 'crime syndicate which gains the confidence of and control over the elderly whose judgement is in decline, to take what rightfully belongs to legitimate family. When legitimate family members detect this, these thugs use Judicial Terrorism - misuse of courts via predatory liars like Silverio and "We Make Housecalls!" (see above) - in vain, hamfist effort to suppress their guilt and shift it to innocent parties whom they defraud.

I write not to give the Giddy such as you yet another to gass off. Rather, to alert citizens to the risks to both elderly and their families from seemingly innocuous people
'whose real career is looting'.

We were long ago told that my family is 'not the first to have experienced this criminal scheme run by third and fourth generation MOBsters, nor will you be the last.'

Some of us have a quaint philosophy: if you spot thugs in your neighborhood, it's polite to alert your neighbors.

It's doubtful you comprehend this and I don't care if you wish to see it or don't.

Agencies and individuals have long awaited the mistake these criminals will inevitably make, so your words mean worse than nothing. They're the dull prose of those who recognize danger yet ignore it.

As for 'standing on the courthouse steps'? The only 'vinnie zecchino' I know is my now supposedly - given his many shifting middle names, several Social Security Numbers, and conflicting dates of birth - one hundred three year old Father.

Was it he whom you saw on the court steps? If so, it's in line with conduct observed for forty years by friends, family, and peers. They described it as 'strange, cruel, sadistic, not that of a prominent surgeon.'

Then again, no surgeon or grown adult considers criminals to be their 'ideal little family', while printing and reciting unrepeatable epithets against his daughter, a prominent professional whose reputation preceeds them.

Unless, or course, they're either incompetent, complicit or under coercion by criminals.

Paul Vincent Zecchino
Manasota Key, Florida
13 May, 2012

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

in response to born_here:

Another long boring diatribe by Paul Vincent Zecchino.

Rick Scott taking the 5th 75 times tells the story to all except the politically blind (by choice) and the very naive.

Quoting you... "The more the Left burps predictable insults, the more citizens see it for the marxist crime syndicate it's always been."

Hypocrite!

Another boring diatribe? Why read it?

What's that say about you?

pvz
mk,fl
13 May, 2012

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

Though leftist shill-parrots will surely claim it's more 'evidence' that Governor Scott is the spawn of Attila the Hun and that bratty kid, Damien in "The Omen", here's the juice:

Political staffers often step down and are are replaced. It's how they go on to other opportunities.

The leftist shill-parrots don't care. They take their klomping orders from ACORN, SEIU, MoveOn, Capon, and similar criminal front groups who play by the Frankfurt School of Socialism.

What's that? The Frankfurt School of Socialism was cobbled by the usual cranks, psychos, and geeks during the early daze of the last century in Frankfurt, Germany specifically for the purpose of destroying America's Constitution, Bill of Rights, institutions, and her citizens.

The Frankfurt School method is simple: No matter what fact your enemy states, just attack, attack, attack.

The left is in a rage of late, knowing better than anyone that it's now caught, its sleazy, criminal methods are exposed for all to see, and citizens want nothing to do with its death-dealing 'ideology'.

Of course the Left attacks Governor Scott, it's what the Left does.

What the Left does not realize, however, is that citizens now fully understand this and thus see the Left for the crime syndicate it's always been.

pvz
mk,fl,
13 May, 2012

It's what they do. That's all it means. A guy leaves. A guy or gal takes his place.

Let the left now start the gass-a-thon.

pvz
mk,fl
13 May, 2012

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

Well said pvz

Chester writes:

MacNamara's resignation is another example of dirty dick scott's corrupt administration. This guy was allowing aides to travel to Las Vegas on our dime while at the same time dirty dick scott was laying off teachers and prison guards. His Department of Corrections Secretary, Ed Buss was forced out by MacNamara because he knew the private prison "deal" was a scam. Ever wonder why this guy left after just a couple months? dirty dick scott and his henchmen would make Al Capone blush!

blueblueblue writes:

I LOVE Paul Vincent Zecchino's posts. If I am ever by Manasota Key, I'd love to buy him a drink!

blueblueblue writes:

You too JYD.
indi :)

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to blueblueblue:

You too JYD.
indi :)

Right back at ya...

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

in response to I_Voted_For_Obama:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'd have to agree.

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