MAYBE RICK SCOTT’S RUNNING FOR THE WRONG OFFICE…. Shortly before Florida’s gubernatorial primary, disgraced former health care executive Rick Scott (R) wanted voters to know one thing: he’s deeply opposed to converting a shut-down clothing store in Manhattan into a community center. What does Florida’s governor’s office have to do with building permits in New York City? Literally nothing, but Scott nevertheless won the primary.

Now, Scott is transitioning to the general election, but his old habits haven’t gone away. Pat Garofalo flags Scott’s new message:

“Floridians want an answer: Will Alex Sink stand with Obama and let the Bush tax cuts expire, thereby increasing Floridians’ taxes, or will she stand with taxpayers and demand Obama work to extend the Bush tax cuts?”

Scott has also touted his opposition to the Bush tax cuts on both national and local television.

And what does Florida’s governor’s office have to do with federal policymakers setting federal income tax rates? Literally nothing.

I know Scott is new to the world of public service, but this is pretty silly. Either he’s deeply confused about the office he’s seeking, or he’s counting on voters not knowing the difference.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.