Floridians don’t want Gov. Rick Scott and apparently, neither does the Donald Trump administration.
After a 30 minute meeting at Trump Tower on Thursday, the unpopular Florida governor told ‘Fox News,’ “I’m staying in Florida.”
According to the Miami Herald:
Host Neil Cavuto pressed Scott if he wanted to join Trump’s administration, possibly as secretary of Health and Human Services. “I’ve been very clear that I like my job,” said Scott, a former hospital executive in his second and last term as governor. “I’ve got to get my stuff done.”
Gov. Scott has floated the idea of running for the US Senate in 2018, when term limits force him out of the governor’s mansion. If he does, he’ll be facing off with Democrat Bill Nelson, who has vowed to put up a fight.
Despite being re-elected by a narrow margin in 2014, Gov. Scott remains on the top 10 list of governors with the lowest approval ratings. Sometimes referred to as “Governor Pollution” by locals, Rick Scott has single-handedly done more to poison the drinking water, environment, and threaten public health than his predecessors would have even imagined. He has also followed the typical Republican trickle-down model that fuels income inequality, by cutting funding for schools, health care, and programs that help working class Floridians. The money from the budget cuts was funneled into tax cuts for the wealthy.
Rick Scott was involved in the largest Medicaid fraud case in history during his tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA. During his deposition with federal agents in 2000, Scott invoked the Fifth Amendment 75 times. Although he avoided jail time, he still paid $1.7 billion in fines, after pleading guilty to 14 felony charges and systematic fraud. The scandal did not prevent him from winning the governor’s race in 2010.
If Florida voters remain foolish enough to overlook his criminal history and the unconscionable level of destruction he has inflicted on Florida’s environment and economy, they might reward him with election to the US Senate. Who says crime doesn’t pay?
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