RICK SCOTT HAS NO USE FOR IN-STATE NEWSPAPERS…. I’m still struggling to wrap my head around the notion that this guy is the chief executive of one of the nation’s largest states.

[Republican Gov. Rick Scott] pulled no punches when asked about his consumption of Florida media. When asked if he read Florida newspapers, Scott responded with a blunt “no.”

How does the state’s 45th governor know what’s going on? He said he relies on staffers to share clippings and he reads papers in other states “to see what they are doing.”

I see. The governor of Florida likes to read newspapers from states other than Florida. How unconventional of him.

This is, of course, the same governor who issued a gag order to agency heads when dealing with journalists, and has ejected reporters from public events.

Do Floridians have any idea who they just elected? Should anyone be surprised that an unreformed criminal is off to a bizarre start as a governor?

This has the feel of a reality show gone horribly awry.

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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.