Rick Scott: Fear The Invisible Hand Of The Great And Powerful Charlie
Before Rick Scott was elected in 2010, he blocked voters from seeing a deposition he had recently given, in a case that came after he was run out of Columbia/HCA, the company he founded and the same one that made history for their rampant Medicare fraud. Scott claimed he had no clue what was going on while at the same time telling people he was responsible for making it the great company it became. He refused to take responsibility for the company's Medicare fraud, as he fled with a golden parachute, but did take responsibility for what he claims are all the good things the company did. It's the same kind of selective responsibility he embraces as Florida's governor now, most recently saying he's responsible for all the good things that have happened in Florida regardless of the facts, and blames everything bad on others, like President Obama and Charlie Crist, things that neither one had anything to do with.
It's Rick Scott's alternative reality, and he's working hard to sell it to anyone not paying attention.
Yesterday, Scott was due to sit for a deposition in California in a lawsuit he filed himself to block Florida voters from seeing what was in his email account, an account that he claims is personal, but which he and two of his aides used to allegedly discuss official business.
Fresh from telling voters in his third debate that he believed in open government and our Sunshine laws, Scott immediately sought to keep that deposition from happening until after the election, and yesterday he skipped out on it entirely to attend a fundraiser and campaign.
His supposed love of the rule of law and open government is laughable. He started skirting Florida's public records laws before he was even sworn in as governor, when his staff deleted his transition emails, and he's been doing so ever since.
Yesterday, while ignoring that deposition, Scott twisted himself into yet another "blame Charlie" pretzel by telling voters on the campaign trail that the deposition was just part of Crist's dirty political tricks.
What a powerful man Crist is, if he's able to first get Scott to hide emails from public view, and then use his invisible hand to force Scott to file a lawsuit in California to keep the emails out of public view after a court in Florida told him to fork them over, and then Crist managed to wave his magic Rick-Wand and before you know it, poof! Scott is ditching the deposition in the lawsuit that Scott himself filed.
It's just another move in the game Scott seems to have invented: Six Degrees Of It's Charlie's Fault.
Except, of course, it isn't Charlie's fault, nor merely a dirty trick he pulled. It's Rick Scott doing what he does best, avoiding public and legal scrutiny for his own actions. Well, that and that he's in a desperate neck and neck race with Crist, so he's adding more of his own money to the millions from outside groups and the GOP that haven't so much as moved the needle in his direction. Yet Scott still thinks more boatloads of cash will help him in spite of reality, so he skipped out on the deposition to attend a fundraiser. Making sure the public never hears a peep from him in a deposition, and that they never see what was in those emails until after the election is merely icing on Scott's deception cake.
So instead of showing up for his date in court, Scott spent part of the day courting donors in hopes that they would give him more money to flush, and making what looked like hostage videos with other GOP losers.
The rest of his time was spent campaigning and blaming not just the deposition on Crist, but also just about every other thing that came up in conversation.
He ignored a working mom's question on minimum wage and instead blamed Crist for an entire list of irrelevent things.
When asked if he would return the more than $1 million he received from Duke Energy after he's made sure they can charge consumers practically anything they want, he said there was no need to return the money, and besides, "Crist was a lousy governor." (What the first statement had to do with the second is anyone's guess, but it doesn't matter. Blaming Crist for anything and everything is Scott's favorite new shiny object.)
He steered questions away from his deposition no show to Charlie's fault! Because of course he did.
So, in sum, Scott says you can't see what's your right to see: Public records on how your governor in the darkness skirts Government in the Sunshine Laws, and you can't see them because of the great and powerful Charlie, who was also a lousy governor.
(Graphic: Beach Peanuts)