In case you were wondering if Republican Bill McCollum is worried about gubernatorial rival Rick Scott, here's what campaign manager Matt Williams had to say. It's noteworthy in that it's kind of unusual to see McCollum campaign reprinting a press release from Democratic rival Alex Sink. Also don't see the word "paddy wagon" often enough these days:
Earlier today, Democrat Alex Sink issued a blistering statement attacking Rick Scott. It was predictable, and sadly, it was accurate. Rick Scott's sordid history is a reality that must be addressed. His business practices are filled with scandal, mismanagement and fraud. Rick Scott was ousted from his business because it perpetrated the largest Medicare fraud scheme in American history. Alex Sink took the opportunity to point this out and make no mistake, Alex Sink and the Democrats will continue this line of attack. Florida will not elect as their next Governor someone who has so abused the corporate financial and health systems of America as Rick Scott.
Here's an excerpt from Sink's campaign statement today: Unfortunately for Rick Scott, his record makes very clear that his commitment to accountability is nonexistent. If Rick Scott proposes the same accountability measures for Florida Government that he used at Columbia/HCA, we'll have to back up the paddy wagon to the front door of the Capitol. Florida simply can't trust someone who was forced to resign as the head of a company that pled guilty to massive amounts of systematic fraud, including 14 felonies, leading to a historic $1.7 billion fine.
The fact that Rick Scott is running for Governor as a reformer would be funny if it wasn't so outrageous. This is a man who barely escaped imprisonment, whose failure in business has been portrayed on national news and around the world. He is an embarrassment. Our Republican Party cannot afford to have Rick Scott lead our ticket. It would end in an absolute disaster for our Party, our principles and our candidates throughout our state. Rick Scott not only oversaw fraud, Rick Scott is a fraud.