The most powerful, unelected person in state government is a stranger to most Floridians, and that’s exactly the way Melissa Sellers wants it. Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff is a 32-year-old practitioner of brass-knuckled politics who gets wide leeway. A Florida newcomer with limited knowledge of the state’s political culture and history, she managed the governor’s $100-million-plus re-election campaign and steered him out of a double-digit deficit in the polls. As Scott stumbles through a disastrously rocky start to his second term, she is his fiercest advocate and perhaps his greatest liability. Because Scott’s style has been to defer to senior staff members, Sellers has unbridled political power.
The most powerful, unelected person in state government is a stranger to most Floridians, and that’s exactly the way Melissa Sellers wants it. Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff is a 32-year-old practitioner of brass-knuckled politics who gets wide leeway. A Florida newcomer with limited knowledge of the state’s political culture and history, she managed the governor’s $100-million-plus re-election campaign and steered him out of a double-digit deficit in the polls. As Scott stumbles through a disastrously rocky start to his second term, she is his fiercest advocate and perhaps his greatest liability. Because Scott’s style has been to defer to senior staff members, Sellers has unbridled political power. Tampa Bay Times
The most powerful, unelected person in state government is a stranger to most Floridians, and that’s exactly the way Melissa Sellers wants it. Gov. Rick Scott’s chief of staff is a 32-year-old practitioner of brass-knuckled politics who gets wide leeway. A Florida newcomer with limited knowledge of the state’s political culture and history, she managed the governor’s $100-million-plus re-election campaign and steered him out of a double-digit deficit in the polls. As Scott stumbles through a disastrously rocky start to his second term, she is his fiercest advocate and perhaps his greatest liability. Because Scott’s style has been to defer to senior staff members, Sellers has unbridled political power. Tampa Bay Times

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February 07, 2015 7:51 PM

Meet Melissa Sellers, the power behind Gov. Rick Scott

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