Despite his being best known as a cartoon villain fraudster who bilked Medicare and incurred a record-setting fine from authorities, Florida Governor Rick Scott outspent and outgunned his primary opponent Bill McCollum and then slipped past Democratic challenger Alex Sink in the 2010 GOP wave.
And now, after three months in office, he’s become the very face of buyer’s remorse:
A PPP poll of registered voters released today shows that in a hypothetical re-do of last year’s gubernatorial election, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) would lose to Democrat Alex Sink by a nearly 20-point margin, 56%-37%. Scott won a squeaker of an election last year, edging out Sink by about one point.
Eye-popping as those figures are on their own, they get even starker when you start making comparisons. In this regard, Scott’s numbers vastly outpace the “do-over” figures of some of the sexier “buyer’s remorse” governors that have garnered most of the media’s attention for their battles with public sector employees and the like. (Though Scott did participate in similar exploits, such as cutting teacher pay to fund corporate giveaways and gutting benefits for the unemployed.)
A big part of Scott’s unpopularity stems from policy decisions that have managed to cheese off lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. His decision to scotch the SunRail commuter train rail project earned him the emnity of both Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Representative John Mica (R-Fla.), who had put years of sweat equity into the project. Closer to home, Scott felt the same bipartisan heat from state Senators.
Beyond the kerfuffle over high-speed rail, Scott’s planned spending reductions in education aren’t flying even with lawmakers in his own party, who see them as inhibitors to job growth.
Aside from engendering a heaping share of bipartisan ill will, Florida’s governor has revealed himself to be the person we warned you he was: the exemplar of a serial fraudster. The end result has molded Scott, in a very short time, into one of the most politically isolated governors in America.
For future reference, here are some ways that you can tell if your state’s governor is some sort of appalling grifter. Continue reading…
- Governor Rick Scott Forces “Rickycare” On Florida (bigthink.com)
- Florida Governor Rick Scott thinks you’re on drugs (educatedrants.com)
- Rick Scott Snubs Gay & Disabled Floridians (huffingtonpost.com)
- FL-Gov: Yet another case of buyer’s remorse (dailykos.com)
- Rick Scott Is Another 2010 Gubernatorial Winner (oliverwillis.com)
- Why Did Floridians Put A Crook Like Rick Scott in the Governor’s Mansion? (crooksandliars.com)
- Will jerkwad GOP governors help the Dems in 2012? (crooksandliars.com)