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Scott and Crist use budget rollout to snipe at each others' records

Florida’s race for governor hit full throttle Wednesday as Gov. Rick Scott seeded his budget announcement with attacks on his opponent and predecessor Charlie Crist, while the former governor used the event to bash Scott’s policies and ethics.

Speaking to reporters and editors at the annual legislative planning meeting sponsored by the Associated Press, Crist lashed into Scott’s past at a fraud-riddled hospital chain, blasted his previous budgets for cutting education spending and accused him of reversing course because an election is approaching.

“He’s trying to make up for it in an election year transformation, but the people of Florida are smart,” Crist said. “I don’t believe Florida is going to get fooled a second time.”

It was an unusual ending to what is a traditionally tame budget rollout as the two men compete in what is expected to be one of the most bitterly fought races for governor in decades.

Scott was the first to start swinging. The Republican governor announced his $74.2 billion budget plan early Wednesday, then declared that his fiscal record “represents a sharp contrast to the four budgets before we took office.” Story here. 

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Ed Jenkins

The citizens do not want to hear anything from the scumbag crist, especially about budget matters considering he left the state in such horrible fiscal condition which he may thing the voters have forgotten about given the excellent fiscal stewardship of this scott who was initially doubted as a political novice but has won over the citizens with that excellent fiscal stewardship.

The Professor

Is it possible to avoid the use of scumbag in every one of your posts? The citizens would appreciate some creativity.

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