State Representative Stephen Precourt is in an interesting position. He’s a termed out, Republican Majority leader in the Florida State Legislature. His political fortress in Ultra-Conservative Windermere awards him the luxury of being aggressive and doing whatever it takes to get his party’s legislation passed and he’s been very successful.
But, he’s termed out. What’s he going to do next?
He came into this session with one huge goal. Pass legislation that would nullify the Orange County Sick time measure that is currently on the ballot for 2014, and he’s succeeded (Unless, Rick Scott gets bored and vetoes it). He’s won the praise of the Central Business Community and should get a strong fundraising push for whatever office he decides to seek next. Like Orange County Mayor. His posture and behavior this session, piled on to his words in the media, indicate he’s positioning himself should he decides to.
This is your 2013 Legislative Session Report Card for State Representative Stephen Precourt:
Campaign Promises: Precourt had only a write-in opponent last November and hasn’t been seriously opposed in years (former Rep. Eric Eisnaugle stood aside for him after redistrictinng) so, there is nothing from a campaign, but his objective was clear, defeat the Orange County Sick Time measure at the state level and he accomplished that. There were also no tax increases and no expansion of medicaid. He got it done.
Social Media and Communications: C’mon Steve! No Facebook and no Twitter. There is some Youtube Video, a few photos, and he did meet with constituents while making the rounds, with local groups when he was home but he needs to get on the ball.
Leadership, Strategy, and Innovation: Precourt was in “Beast-mode” this session. He kept the ship steady during the Democrat Medicaid Expansion filibuster-like measure, that forced every bill to be read aloud, and still got his anti-sick time measure passed (even found time to pass competing versions of the bill back and forth with fellow local lawmaker David Simmons). Republicans in the House found a way to get almost everything they wanted done, despite the final week drama.
Bi-Partisanship: He’s the Republican Majority Leader. It’s not exactly his job to be Bi-partisan. Still, he called for Bi-Partisan support for a budget that included teacher raises, and supported elections reform.
Media Relations and Mic-Skills: He was the “Republican Boogey-Man” for Democrats in Orange County this session. He came across like an efficient, cold-blooded, destroyer of any legislation that he didn’t like. And if you’re from Precourt’s district, you wouldn’t have it any other way. It wouldn’t hurt him to elaborate a little more and try to win a few of his critics over using the press.
Conclusion: If he was effective at putting his own message out there, using Social Media he would have gotten an “A”. Still, while Precourt accomplished almost everything he wanted, he’s looking forward at his next move, and that’s what we’ll be speculating over the next few months. This is the last session Precourt will be able to hide his cards. He’ll have to declare for an office before the start of next session, if he wants to build up momentum in time for election season. His actions this session, indicate he’s positioning himself for a possible run against Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, but only he knows for sure.
OVERALL GRADE: B
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