by Jeff Gore
Throughout his gubernatorial campaign and into the beginning months of his administration, Florida Governor Rick Scott has employed the phrase “Let’s Get to Work” as his mantra, attaching it to a promise to create 700,000 jobs over the next seven years. It’s a powerful little cluster of words, according to Republican strategist Frank Luntz, one that supersedes the do-nothing realm of political bickering into the resolute realm of solutions. Looked at one way, that slogan may have been what nudged Rick Scott past Alex Sink into the governor’s seat.
You would think that Rick Scott, a man so ensconced in the business world, would have thought to trademark the phrase. But on March 23, he was beaten to the punch by local radio personality Jason “Buckethead” Bailey--host of “The Buckethead Show,” which airs weekdays from 11am to 3pm on Real Radio 104.1—who registered the service mark "Let's Get to Work" with the Florida Division of Corporations.
This means that Rick Scott could be sued for using the phrase, but Bailey is giving the Governor 30 days to live up to the slogan before asking Scott to immediately cease and desist. More specifically, Bailey claims that he can create more jobs for Floridians through his radio show within one month than Rick Scott can through the powers of the governor's office. If Scott proves him wrong, then he says he will sign the service mark over to Scott and personally deliver the certificate to him in Tallahassee.
“We heard many job-related catch phrases and taglines from Mr. Scott during the campaign, but now that he's won the election and is tasked with actually implementing what he said, it seems to be a much different story," states Bailey in the release. “While he has gone out of his way to kill opportunities that would have potentially created thousands of jobs, he has produced very little to date."
Scott's press secretary Lane Wright told the Weekly that the governor's participation is "very unlikely," but he also indicated that Scott was pleased with the challenge. "Anything that helps build jobs in Florida is a good thing," Wright said.