Get ready for the most-negative Florida governor's race we've ever seen.
Yes, we could probably say that every year. But this time it will likely be disproportionately nasty.
A full 365 days before Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott announced his first ad -- a negative one -- against predecessor and new rival Charlie Crist on the day the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat announced his candidacy.
And Crist made sure to mention all the bad that Scott has done to the education budget (cut more than $1 billion in his first year) and as a businessman, when the Scott-led Columbia/HCA hospital chain was investigated for Medicare fraud and ultimately paid a record $1.7 billion fine.Said Crist this morning in St. Petersburg at his kickoff: "Governor Scott has led like this: Embrace the ideological fringes, take care of his friends, bully his opponents, hide from the public and the press and run from tough issues. Shouldn't really come as a surprise, though. Think about it: he hid from federal investigators as a businessman and his company had to pay the largest fine at the time for fraud in the history of America."
Note: the fine was the biggest Medicare fraud fine at the time, but not the largest fraud-fine ever.