At the top of Scott's web site is this slogan: "We need a conservative outsider to hold government accountable."
Accountable? Before Scott holds government accountable, he may want to start by holding himself accountable.
Consider this story by Sally Kestin about Scott that ran in Sunday's Sun-Sentinel:
It was and still is the biggest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history and ended with the hospital giant Columbia/HCA paying a record $1.7 billion in fines, penalties and damages.The Sun-Sentinel wanted to interview Scott for the story, "but spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said he was unavailable. The campaign would only answer questions submitted in advance," according to the paper.
Now the man who ran the company at the time wants to be Florida's governor.
Rick Scott was co-founder and CEO of Columbia/HCA in the 1990s, when the FBI launched a massive, multi-state investigation that led to the company pleading guilty to criminal charges of overbilling the government.
Today, Scott is a Republican candidate for governor, running his campaign from an office in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
"I don't think his background justifies running for governor in any state, especially a state that has a lot of Medicare recipients," said Jim Alderson, a former hospital executive in Montana who received millions as a whistleblower in the case.
U.S. Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from California who criticized the government's settlement as being too soft on Columbia/HCA, said in a statement to the Sun Sentinel that Scott had made a fortune running a company "that defrauded Medicare out of billions.''
"Now he wants to run the state government?'' Stark said. "Watch out, Florida taxpayers."
Scott was never charged and left Columbia/HCA with $10 million in severance and stock valued at $300 million.
Scott lives in Naples in a $9 million house on the Gulf of Mexico.
And if all of that wasn't scary enough, Scott says that he supports Arizona's immigration law and wants to "bring an equivalent law to Florida."
That's just what Florida needs; an immigration law that's sure to ignite a backlash and a instigate a boycott of Florida's number one industry, tourism.
Scott's Republican rival, Bill McCollum has his own problems.
Scott almost makes me wish that we could get Jeb Bush back...almost.
Bottom line: Scott is a bigoted, racist millionaire who wants to buy the governor's mansion. Let's send this clown back to his $9 million house in Naples!