When running a political campaign, often the person who raises the most money wins. Because unfortunately in this country we’ve allowed a system where money controls politics, not people. And knowing that money controls politics makes it even more alarming for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s campaign when one of his top fundraisers abruptly quits just as this year’s elections are about to really pick up steam.
Scott’s campaign finance co-chair, Mike Fernandez, quit late Thursday night citing the desire to spend more time with family and focus on his business, but rumor has it that there was some trouble brewing behind the scenes.
Fernandez did state that his abrupt departure had to do with the campaign itself – not Rick Scott personally – and professed his unwavering support for the current governor as he goes up against former Florida governor (and now Democrat) Charlie Crist.
Though he did shed some light on what might have been going on behind closed doors, saying, “To be fair to those people who I have criticized, I probably have overstepped my – or maybe their – comfort zone. Because I’m used to being the CEO. Here I’m not the CEO. I’m a senior vice president at the most.”
Poor guy, he was only a “senior vice president at the most.” I’m sure everyone reading this just shed a tear for poor Mr. Fernandez.
But what his comments did say to me is that there was obvious friction going on within the Scott campaign, so much so that it apparently drove one of his top fundraisers out. Something that might not seem like a huge deal to most, but it is pretty significant when you consider that money often dictates elections and Scott just lost one of his main money guys.
Which becomes an even bigger deal when you factor in the reality that Scott currently trails Crist by 3 points in the latest polls. So losing one of his top money guys is definitely something that could have a major impact going forward for his campaign.
I just hope this fall, Florida voters correct the mistake they made in 2010 and kick possibly the most corrupt governor in the country out of office.