Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, known as CREW, has branded Rick Scott as one of America's 18 worst governors.
The list, which people can vote on, is largely Republican (New York's Andrew Cuomo is one of the only two Democrats). CREW's report both echoes many Democratic complaints and doesn't give Scott credit for, say, reversing an election law he signed.
You be the judge of CREW's findings:
Gov. Scott is giving Scrooge a run for his money — disenfranchising Florida voters while passing legislation benefiting the financial interests of himself and his donors.
Shortly after his election in 2010, Gov. Scott began a campaign to purge ineligible voters from voter rolls that was found to disproportionately target minority, Democratic, and independent voters. Less than two months before the 2012 election, Gov. Scott again sought to purge voter lists. In 2011, Gov. Scott signed a proposal to curtail early voting, a move largely blamed for hours-long waits at the polls. Gov. Scott and the legislature reversed these changes after the election.
Gov. Scott proposed legislation affecting welfare and Medicaid recipients that would substantially benefit Solantic, Inc., a chain of urgent-care and emergency service clinics he co-founded before assuming office. Gov. Scott also pushed to privatize Florida’s prisons, which would primarily benefit two private prison companies that donated thousands of dollars to his inauguration committee and PAC.
- Elected in 2010; running for reelection in 2014
- Proposed initiatives affecting welfare and Medicaid recipients that would financially benefit Solantic, Inc., a company he co-founded
- Led a campaign to purge voter rolls in Florida that disproportionately targeted minority, Democratic, and independent voters
The state GOP response: “From day one, with an executive order, Governor Scott has been focused on ending corruption and strengthening ethics rules and regulations in Florida government. During his entire tenure as Governor he has worked with the Legislature to pass and sign open government, transparency, ethics, and campaign finance laws that have been praised by independent organizations dedicated to these issues.”