Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rick Scott for Governor...a really bad idea.

Republican Rick Scott is running for Florida governor.

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.

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.
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.

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!


  1. I really liked Rick Scott for Governor until I read that he was against Gay Marriage and Abortions.
    I cannot vote for someone that is so backward in thinking.
    I AM for the AZ immigration law tho. Having lived in AZ for 35 years I saw how the illegals took over neighborhoods and committed crimes without even thinking or caring about reprocussions. We saw a child of about age 9 that came to our house looking for foil and lighters to help his 'brothers'. I doubt they were having a BBQ. The illegals are so obvious. It is not like the police will be targeting anybody that has light brown skin. If you live there you KNOW where the illegals live and hang out. Besides what part of ILLEGAL is not being understood here? Illegal is illegal whether you are robbing a bank, raping, murdering OR being in the country withOUT proper papers.
    But that being said, I can not vote for Rick Scott because of his objection to Gay marriages, and abortions. Gay marriage should be legal because with out it, the partners have no rights or says in the life of their partner. It is up to God or Mother Nature if we are straight or not. It is also a private choice, one that should not be a law in any way.
    There are many gays living amongst us, and they deserve to be able to have a say in their partners lifes.
    BTW, I am not gay. I am a married white 37 year old woman. My best friend is a LEGAL mexican, as is my first husband and his entire family, so please do not label me as racist.
    Any way, thank you for your blog, and your opinions!

  2. It's the economy, stupid. I don't care what this man's stance is on gays, abortions, or the illegal spics in this town. His social values be damned, I'm glad we have a fiscal conservative in the governor's mansion. And, as a third generation Cuban-American from legally immigrated grandparents, I'd love to see every last illegal rounded up and dropped off on the island on LOST.


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