A Crook Wins (Buys) Florida's Governor Race

November 3, 2010

I cannot believe I live in a state where the character of the voters is so weak that they have elected a crook to the office of governor. The race was so close that a winner was not declared until this morning. The results showed that about 49% of Florida voters cast their vote for a known crook, and I don't mean just a little crook.  In the world of crooks Rick Scott is a whale.

Tea Party-backed Rick Scott was the CEO of Columbia/HCA, which paid $1.7 billion in criminal and civil fines for Medicare fraud.  His company pleaded guilty to 14 felony charges. Why he didn't go to jail is the question that thousands have asked.  Instead he walked away with a $300 million parachute.

Scott spent $73 to buy the governor's seat with attack ads first against Former Congressman Bill McCollum in the primary and then against Democratic candidate Alex Sink.

Alex Sink was endorsed by Florida's major newspapers.  Scott was not endorsed by one. Why would he have been?  He is a crook. Still he won (oops, bought) the Florida governor's race.  Here's what the Miami Herald said about the candidates when they endorsed Sink:
Voters who believe elections should be decided on merit have a clear choice in the race for governor. Democrat Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, stands head and shoulders above Republican Rick Scott in terms of experience, familiarity with issues, and responsiveness to the public. 
Mr. Scott, 57, has spent a record $60 million of his own money to promote his candidacy, but the more voters know about him, the more questions there are. He calls himself an outsider whose business savvy will bring efficiency to state government, but it would be a disaster for Florida if he ran the state like he ran Columbia/HCA. 
The hospital chain wound up paying $1.7 billion in a massive Medicare fraud scheme that occurred when he was chief executive. He was never charged with wrongdoing, but he walked away with a golden parachute reportedly worth $310 million.

Read the rest of the endorsement.
Maybe some of you remember Rick Scott from his self-funded organization, Conservatives for Patients Rights the group that opposed President Obama's Health Care Plan.  Rachel Maddow said of him, "Having Rick Scott as your spokesman for health care reform is like having the eColi bacterium as your spokesman against handwashing."

For starts, Scott and the Republican Florida Legislature are poised to destroy public education, remove tenure from teachers, take away bargaining rights from unions that have less than a 50% membership, bring an Arizona-type law to Florida, and expand off-shore oil drilling.

Well, I always wanted to return to my roots in New England...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"For starts, Scott and the Republican Florida Legislature are poised to destroy public education, remove tenure from teachers, take away bargaining rights from unions that have less than a 50% membership, bring an Arizona-type law to Florida, and expand off-shore oil drilling."

Sounds good to me!!

Anonymous said...

Stalin said something to the effect of, you don;t have to control voters, just the those who count the votes.

the teacher said...

What did he promise...gas vouchers or no new taxes?

Anonymous said...

Seems like you have the NMI there on a bigger scale. They are more educated and sophisticated in their unlawful activiies

Wendy said...

Anonymous 9:19

Looks that way. This guy invoked the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a deposition that he took 6 days before he announced he was running for governor.

Anonymous said...

Noni 9:07 Good to you? It sounds frightening. Our country is no longer progressing intellectually, spiritually or socially. It looks a lot like the time near the end of the Roman Empire.

Anonymous said...

What Stalin actually said was, "Those who cast the votes decide nothing; those who count the votes decide everything."

Anonymous said...

Stalin was about as capable of penning his own witticisms as Greg Cruz or George Bush Jr.

Anonymous said...

BTW Wendy, Are your roots from mass.??