In this morning's paper, Caputo writes of Scott's fuzzy memory and outright obfuscation "in a series of sworn depositions he gave in lawsuits against his former hospital company."
TALLAHASSEE -- Rick Scott the candidate promises voters ``the unvarnished truth.''
But Rick Scott the witness offers little but murky testimony.
In a series of sworn depositions he gave in lawsuits against his former hospital company, Scott appears to be the polar opposite of the straight-talking Republican candidate for governor in his television ads.
Under oath, Scott displays a poor memory and a penchant for parsing words. He answers a lawyer's questions with questions. Smirking or shrugging his shoulders, his darting eyes survey the room in a video deposition in an anti-trust case brought by Orlando Regional Healthcare System against Scott's former company, Columbia/HCA.
Caputo does a great job of documenting Scott's selective memory.
He doesn't remember much, such as signing letters at the center of the Texas case in which a physician successfully sued on the grounds that Columbia damaged his El Paso, Texas, medical practice by secretly luring away his partner.
``I sign letters all the time that I have not read,'' Scott said.
Jack Ayers, the plaintiff's lawyer, pressed Scott to describe what he meant in the letter by saying they had an ``understanding.''
``What is it?'' Ayers asked.
``It's a letter,'' Scott said.
Ayers: ``What does it say?''
Scott: ``It says these words.''
Ayers: ``And what does that mean to you? If you were to characterize that?''
Scott: ``I would characterize it as a letter with these words.''
But how bad is it when someone like Rick Sanchez manages to make you look sleazy?