I'm still on a semi-hiatus here due to ongoing moving preparations so my blogging has been spotty. It's been tough not being able to blog when Rick Scott's campaign seems to be on the verge of an implosion, but his past, as well as his present in being perhaps the worst governor in the history of governors, seems to finally be catching up to him. (See his latest poll numbers, where Crist is leading Scott by 6 points.)
However, this is one of those things I can't pass up. Coming on the heels of his fundraiser last night with the CEO of a prison privatization firm making huge profits from incarcerations, Scott is in good company and this latest video from the Florida Democrats is a good reminder why that is. It's a golden oldie that many may have forgotten.
Rick Scott's had a lot of practice at evading answers to basic questions, his latest being whether or not he supports same-sex marriage and avoiding an answer about using law enforcement as camapign props when it may have been illegal.
But back in 1995, he even refused to answer this basic yes or no question:
Q: "Is that a Xerox of your signature?"
Scott: "It looks like my signature, but...what's your question?"
Rick Scott thinks he's a CEO with a golden ticket in a blind trust. He thinks he's accountable to no one, least of all, to Floridians. It's time for voters to fire Scott before it's too late, because we can't afford another four costly years of Florida, Inc.
Rick Scott has spent millions on campaign ads already in return for little in the polls. Today the Crist campaign launched his first television ad focusing on his support of the middle class, education, cutting property taxes, minimum wage, and equal pay for women.
When Rick Scott started campaigning for reelection, he said he was going to focus on social media and for the most part, avoid the news media, which has been par for the course since he bought his way into the governor's office. While he's not true to his word on most things, this is one strategy he's sticking with. He conducts most campaign events in combination with state business, and in spite of complaints that this may violate campaign laws by combining political events with taxpayer funded duties, he's blatantly continued the practice while hiding things like travel logs for expenses on his private plane saying it's for "security reasons." Scott is often seen campaigning at businesses like car dealerships and appearing with those who sell the cars rather than voters who buy them.
This is nothing new.
He rarely comes in contact with everyday Floridians, choosing to communicate with them only through things like Facebook chats (which are a joke), Twitter messages and spending millions on ads.
Scott has always tried to control the message and the media. Unfortunately for him, last week a member of the media fought back and called him out for trying to dictate terms and conditions for interviews.
Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, which the textbook describes as a company where “health-care services and staffing … often took a back seat to the focus on profits.” The case study describes Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Charlotte as the focal point of a federal investigation that resulted in $1.7 billion in Medicare fraud fines.
The textbook points out that federal investigators alleged that Scott and another executive “were briefed routinely on issues relating to Medicare reimbursement claims that the government charged were fraudulent.” Scott resigned from the company and was never charged with any crimes.
That's an understatement, coming from a man who clearly has no business being a governor either. After all, Florida is ground zero for disappearing into the deep, thanks to climate change and according to 97 percent of those who are scientists and say man is largely to blame.
I'm sure Scott's denial has nothing to do with companies like Duke Energy who keep his campaign coffers full while convincing the Florida legislature that Floridians should foot the bill now for power plants they may well never build. Or FPL, who convinced him that, even though no nuclear power plant has been commissioned in the country for 37 years (and Floridians are also still footing the bill for the Crystal River DIY nuke debacle), we now need to build not one but two more in South Florida.
As the guy charged with governing in the best interests of Floridians, Scott is doing a great job....."governing" in the best interests of the business interests and highest bidders who are doing their part to hasten the state's ultimate demise. After all, Duke Energy ranks second in the nation for carbon emissions.
Rick Scott is running for re-election, which of course means he's pandering. His latest election season flip-flop? Immigration.
In the past he favored Arizona's strict "papers please" immigration laws and blocked children of illegal immigrants from obtaining a driver's licence, among other related issues.
Now that he's up for re-election and still bogged down by poll numbers that barely saw daylight for his entire term, he's suddenly "concerned" about immigration again. His latest proposal is the opposite of his former policy. Now he wants students who are here illegally to qualify for in-state college tuition:
I guess it's no wonder that Rick Scott is dodging, rather than answering the minimum wage question now, considering his last "cringe-worthy" attempt, which was:
"When I hear a politician say that we have to raise the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet, I cringe, because I know that statement is a lie," Scott said via email. "Even if we did raise the minimum wage, working families will still not be able to make ends meet on those jobs. We need good jobs that lead to good careers for our families and that's what I am focused on."
Scott may well cringe at the thought of making his corporate donors pay their workers a decent wage, and he may say he's focused on good jobs, but the reality is he's focused on low wage jobs.
His answer seemed to be why bother, it won't help anyway. Yes, that's some real leadership right there!
No wonder he's running from reporters asking the question now.
The latest Quinnipiac poll has him 7 points behind newly announced Democratic challenger Charlie Crist:
Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 7 points in a poll released Thursday, but the lead is much closer than it was seven months ago.
More voters, 53 percent, said he doesn't deserve a second term, compared to 37 percent who say he does. And Scott's approval remains low, with 42 percent of respondents saying he's doing a good job and 47 percent saying he isn't.
Meanwhile, an "informal poll" of Rick Scott's popularity was conducted yesterday in Orlando and, well, you can hear these results for yourself, below: