After the brouhaha in last week’s Florida gubernatorial debate over electronic fans, there was a heated exchange between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist on electric rates.
Crist, who won the governorship as a Republican in 2006 and is now running as a Democrat, said the Sunshine State needs new investments in solar energy, and the next governor must stand up to the "utility companies that keep jacking up your bills."
Scott, the Republican incumbent, shot back that Crist was playing fast and loose with the facts.
"While he was governor, utility costs went up 30 percent and went from below the national average to above the national average," Scott said. "Since I got elected, utility rates have come down 11 percent and now we are below the average."
There’s two parts to this fact-check: Under which administration were electric bills higher, and how does that compare to the national average?
It’s clear from the conversation and the evidence we received from the Scott campaign that he was talking about residential rates. So that’s what we’ll focus on.
Turn to Steve Contorno's fact-check from PolitiFact Florida.