Rick Scott on Principles & Values
FanGate: Refused to debate if opponent allowed to use a fan
Fangate will likely prove to be the most memorable moment of their first high-profile televised debate. The debate included a segment where Florida journalists followed social media reaction and questions. Asked what was trending early into the debate,
one editor reported the obvious: "Well, the fan." [referring to Gov. Scott refusing to come to the stage if Gov. Crist was allowed to use a fan].
It took less than 40 minutes before the Crist campaign fired off a fundraising email saying Scott
embarrassed the state: "If you're as amazed as I am by what you just saw, chip in a few bucks right now to make sure this guy doesn't get to stay our governor."
The debate host sternly asked Crist why he
insisted on bringing a fan on stage when he knew it would be a contentious issue. "Why not?" Crist responded. "Is there anything wrong with being comfortable?"
Source: Miami Herald on 2014 Florida Gubernatorial debate
, Oct 15, 2014
As newlyweds, opened a donut shop with wife and their moms
I want to share with you the story of a young man who lived in public housing as a kid. Who never knew his natural father. Who saw his adopted dad struggle to keep a job. And who remembers the heartbreak on his parents' faces when the family car was
This young man joined the US Navy after high school. Newly married, he left his young bride in their tiny apartment almost 2,000 miles from their home while he went off to sea. They didn't have much money, so they used the camping
equipment they got for wedding gifts as furniture.
This young couple was thrifty. They eventually saved enough money to open a small business. They worked at this business themselves, along with both of their moms. After a while, the business started
making money and they added another location.
That young couple is still young at heart, even though they have now been married over 40 years. That small business was a donut shop--and that is the story of how Ann and I opened our first business.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Florida legislature
, Mar 4, 2014
OpEd: reversed bipartisanship and excluded Democrats
Rick Scott didn't only bring a new administration to Tallahassee on January 4, 2011. He also arrived with a wrecking ball. He'd barely unpacked his toothbrush and his custom-made, Florida-seal cowboy boots when he got busy knocking down some of our
proudest achievements. Rolling back consumer protections. Reversing the progress on voting rights. Signaling to the oil drillers, utilities, and insurance companies that Florida was open season again. In Tallahassee, the whole tone changed.
The bipartisanship that had been such a hallmark of the past 4 years evaporated with the first morning dew. Democrats were still welcome to their opinions--but no one in power had any interest in listening to them. Teachers, minorities, women's groups,
and anyone else suspected of being even faintly Democratic--they were back on the please-don't-bother-us list. Only I don't believe too many people in the new administration were saying "please."
Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p.301
, Feb 4, 2014
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