There are sneaky, unethical, corrupt politicians – then there’s Rick Scott. I still can’t quite grasp how this man was elected Governor of Florida. Granted, I live in Texas where we’ve had George W. Bush followed by Rick Perry, so I can’t say much – but at least neither of them were CEO’s of a company that was found to have committed hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicare fraud before they were elected governor.
You would think a headline that read something like, “Gubernatorial Candidate Rick Scott was in Charge of Company Found Guilty of Committing Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Medicare Fraud” would dissuade many voters from supporting such a candidate. But apparently not conservatives.
I guess he just happened to catch lightning in a bottle and rode the anti-incumbent wave of 2010 all the way to the Florida governor’s mansion.
In a recent poll the current governor trails challenger, former Governor of Florida, former Republican and current Democrat Charlie Crist, by eight points.
So it’s not just a couple of percentage points which might place the results within the poll’s margin of error. Though Crist’s lead has shrunk a small amount since last year when he enjoyed a double-digit advantage in the same poll.
Personally, I’m surprised Crist doesn’t have a larger lead. I get that incumbents naturally have an advantage in most elections, but Rick Scott is absolutely terrible.
After all, he presided over possibly the most embarrassing fiasco of the 2012 elections as many Florida voters waited in ridiculously long lines to place their vote. But then again, that’s what happens when you pass measures seeking to basically rig elections. What did he expect when he reduced the amount of days people had for early voting? Oh, I know what he expected – fewer voters who vote for Democrats would show up to vote.
And let’s not forget this is the man who passed such a horribly worded piece of legislation that it essentially banned all computers in Florida.
Yeah, that really happened. Rick Scott has been an absolute disaster for Florida.
If Florida voters really re-elect Rick Scott, I’ll probably just laugh. While there are plenty of very flawed politicians in this country, and many who are nearly as sleazy as he is, at least most of them weren’t tied to a company that was found guilty of committing massive Medicare fraud.
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