By now it’s no secret that current Florida Governor Rick Scott made an absolute fool out of himself during his debate with Democratic challenger Charlie Crist when he essentially threw a hissy fit concerning a fan Crist had set up at the bottom of his podium.
But just in case you haven’t heard, Scott refused to come out until six minutes after the debate had officially started due to his objections over a fan Crist had placed at his feet on the backside of his podium.
When I first heard about this story, I thought it had to be something from The Onion. I mean, why would anyone care? It was a small, discrete fan that provided absolutely no kind of advantage to Charlie Crist whatsoever. Honestly, who cares?
Well, apparently Rick Scott did.
And toward the end of the debate, it just so happens that the moderator asked Scott why he objected to this “highly controversial” fan. Well, let’s just say, his answer was as pathetic as the tempter tantrum that he threw at the beginning of the debate.
The moderator asked, “And Governor Scott, why the delay in coming out over a fan?”
“I waited to be…’til we figured out if he was gonna show up. He said he wasn’t going to come to the, uh – he was – he said he wasn’t gonna come to the debate. So why come out until he’s ready?,” Scott said.
Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Go ahead and wait six minutes after a debate has started to see if the opponent who’s already on stage would show up.
Not only that, but he doubled down on this ridiculous excuse Thursday when he was asked about it by reporters.
“Charlie was throwing a fit,” he said. “He was saying he wasn’t going to show up, so we waited to see if he would show up.”
Again, that makes absolutely zero sense. Crist was clearly on stage. All Scott had to do was see that he was at his podium, then come out himself. And that sure as heck wouldn’t have taken six minutes. The bottom line is, Scott acted like a petulant child who didn’t get his way. Then embarrassed himself by not coming out for the debate for six minutes.
It’s like I’ve said before, if the people of Florida re-elect Rick Scott it’ll be an absolute embarrassment. Not just for the state of Florida, but for the entire country.
Watch his answer below via Talking Points Memo: