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Video: Gov. Rick Scott serving up donuts in Tampa

Video: Gov. Rick Scott serving donuts in Tampa

Gov. Rick Scott at first "Let's Get to Work" Day in Tampa.

Tampa, Florida -- Borrowing from a past political success story, Gov. Rick Scott is kicking off a string of "workdays" in Tampa.

He says things haven't changed much in the donut biz.

Governor Rick Scott opened a donut shop when he was in college, and he stepped back behind the counter at 6 a.m. Wednesday to give it another go.

With a broad smile and snug ball cap, he spent a few hours selling the wares of Nicola's Donuts in Tampa's Northdale neighborhood.

The night before, he'd been here past 11 o'clock helping cook a few of the 200 dozen donuts the shop makes each day.

In starting a series of one-a-month "Let's Get to Work" Days, Scott is borrowing a page from the workdays of former Florida governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham.

Graham worked for a day at more than 400 jobs during his career, and in a statement released by Gov. Scott's office, the former governor says he supports Scott's new effort.

I asked Gov. Scott what he's hoping to convey by doing these on-the-job events. "I think to highlight the importance of every business, large and small, in the state," he answered.

"You look at this, and you look at the individuals here, Rachel that owns it -- how hard-working they are. They come in early, they work their tail off -- that's the American dream," he continued. 

Some folks came to grin and grab a snapshot with the governor, some came to share their support for him, but more than a dozen gathered across the parking lot along Dale Mabry Highway to protest.

Tracy Williams gave Scott a few bucks for some donuts and then gave him a piece of her mind.

"This is not the community where he's looking to reach out to. If he really wants to reach out to the community, I told him he needs to go to those communities that are in desperate need," Williams said.

"Go to a poorer community where the working class people are desperate for jobs. The people that are pulling up here are my neighbors; we're not desperate."

Scott says this will not be his only stop, and his staff is planning more "Let's Get to Work" Days based on jobs he did over the years.

In addition to starting a donut shop while in college, Scott has delivered newspapers, sold groceries, served on a Navy ship, and cleaned phone booths.

He's planning one workday a month as he continues to work against the pressure of his biggest campaign promise: creating 700,000 jobs in seven years.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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