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CREW: Rick Scott is one of America's worst governors, a "scrooge."

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.”

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Rick Scottstory

"Dr. P. Mark Glencross and Dr. Randy Prokes did not work together at Solantic. They both saw their names on billing forms they did not authorize. Prokes saw his name on billing forms for Solantic clinics he never worked at. Three former Solantic employees vouched for Prokes story.

It has been well documented that Scott was forced to stop down from Columbia/HCA because the company was investigated for Medicare fraud. Columbia/HCA eventually paid $1.7 billion back to the federal government. Scott tells voters he is the most qualified because of his business experience. Scott will follow that with he is not responsible for Medicare fraud under his watch. If Scott isn't responsible then who is? Leadership means Scott his the man that must be held accountable.

What we are seeing is a pattern of greed in Scott's companies. Repeated false billing practices and accusations that Scott racially discriminates in his hiring practices. Scott's qualifications seems to be being a horrible CEO of seriously questionable ethics. The worst thing is Scott's bullish manner suggests he is proud of his behavior."

http://pushingrope.blogspot.com/2010/08/scotts-solantic-accused-of-medicare.html

tallyguy1

Blah, blah, blah. This, I'm sure, coming from someone who has never met the man personally.

harleecm

Thanks for "refreshing our recollection" as to the less-than-stellar biography of this thieving crook of a governor. You don't have to see him pick your pocket to know it when you find it's missing! This Conservative Republican is moving on! Go Charlie, Go!!!

Dave

Let's talk to his Lt. Governor while we're at it. Oh, wait...

Mary Brady

Florida voted for a criminal? Well, if that is true they certainly got what they paid for.

Robert Sell

Rick Scott lost me as a supporter & voter when he failed to stand up for the Constitution and vetoed alimony and shared parenting reform. His friends in the Florida Family Law Bar were more important to him than doing the right thing. If the Florida Republican party supports him, they'll lose me too.

Johnathon Brady

To tallyguy1, I have actually met the man personally. I was invited to lunch with him a few months ago when he came to Texas on a visit to his alma mater. I can tell you that he is a smooth talker, but he has no intention of addressing any of these issues.

Curious mind

It is funny how you expect Rick Scott to be responsible for what happened at Solantis during his watch. On the other no one is trying to hold Obama responsible for Benghazi, or the IRS scandals, I guess people pick and choose who they hold accountable.

Jane Mitchell

Scott's refusal to reexamine Stand your ground, gun control and any issue that promotes sanity and fairness in dealing with guns and gun violence is further indication of allowing the NRA lobbyists and their supporters and possibly donations to influence his governmental decisions. Corrupt doesn't even begin to describe it.

Daniel

How's about all of them, every governor is bad these days. If you want a good governor don't reelect anyone.

Grow up and stop scandalizing

Dear Curious mind,

"According to CNN, between 1998 and 2011, U.S. diplomatic sites were subjected to 13 deadly attacks in Nairobi, Kenya; Calcutta, India; Lima, Peru; Karachi, Pakistan; Bali, Indonesia; Karachi, Pakistan; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Damascus, Syria; Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Yemen; and Peshawar, Pakistan.[16] One of these incidents occurred during the presidency of Bill Clinton, and 11 occurred during George W. Bush's presidency. The 2012 Benghazi attack was the second deadly assault on a U.S. diplomatic facility that occurred during President Obama's first term."

11 attacks occurred under Geo. Bush. Are you holding good ol' George accountable?

Also, is it a surprise to you that the IRS might look into a group called the Tea Party? Hello? A group named after a group people who refused to pay taxes. Hmmm?

I think the republican party needs to stop grasping a straws and try to progress our nation forward. Earn the respect of voters by looking forward to how great our nation can become in future if we build not tear down.

Regarding Mr. Scott, yes the Floridians got what they voted for. It's a shame that he was elected. I was astounded that his first act was to stop the building mass transit infrastructure that would progressed his state forward ... via new jobs, desirability to locate corporations to Florida and have green footprint.

He ran a campaign of fear and lies. A tried and true political technique employed by many to get elected.

Judy Medlock

I think Gov Scott is the best, he should run for president. What this country needs.

ROSIES RANTS

FOR ONE THING I THINK YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT IS THAT THE FLORIDA VOTING PROBLEMS WERE DUE TO A DOZEN REFERENDUMS
THAT WERE SO LENGTHY, THEY TOOK MORE THAN HALF THE REGULAR TIME TO READ. THIS WAS RIDICULOUS. IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. IT WASN'T THE FACT THAT EARLY VOTING TIMES WERE CUT DOWN. FLORIDA IS ONE OF THE FEW STATES THAT HAD THE AMOUNT OF TIME THEY ALLOWED FOR EARLY VOTING. A LOT OF PEOPLE FILED ABSENTEE BALLOTS RATHER THAN STAND ON ANY LINE & LAST YEAR IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE IF YOU DID, BECAUSE THE REFERENDUMS WERE CONFUSING BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO LENGTHY FOR THE AVERAGE FLORIDIAN TO COMPREHEND. SOME OF THEM CAN BARELY READ. AS A POLL WATCHER, I SAW HOW LONG IT TOOK FOR PEOPLE TO READ THEM BUT BEING A SMALL POLLING PLACE, THE LINES WEREN'T BAD. WE SPENT MORE TIME LISTENING TO SO MEOF THE STORIES OF PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT ON THE VOTER'S LIST & THE DISREGARD FOR NOT HAVING CHANGED THEIR ADDRESS WHEN THEY MOVED ^ JUST ASSUMED THEY COULD GO BACK TO THEIR OLD VOTING PRECENCT. HOW STUPID IS THAT? THEY HAVE NO CROSSCHECK SYSTEM & THOSE PEOPLE COULD GET A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AT BOTH PLACES & VOTE TWICE IF SOMEONE DIDN'T CHECK THEM OUT. VOTER ID IS IMPERATIVE FOR THAT REASON ALONE.

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