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Entirely too much ink is being spilled about a passed note in the CNN debate. I find it ironic someone who tends to answer questions by taking the Fifth could get the upper hand on this ridiculous discussion.

If you haven't heard, a staffer sent Alex Sink a message during her debate. That was against the rules. Sink fired the staffer, Brian May, for sending it. And Rick Scott has spent a couple days thumping Sink for cheating.

So what did the note say? The reported text was "The attorney who won the Sykes suit said alex sink did nothing wrong. Tell not to let him keep talking about her."

That was because Scott was distorting Sink's private sector record by attacking Sykes Enterprises. That is part of the whole bad investment mess which Republicans are using to hammer Sink, but the note from May is true. The problems with that case were not Sink's fault, nor her responsibility. And they were small potatoes compared to the massive fraud conducted by HCA under Scott's watch.

And what would passing notes do? Theoretically, it could let a candidate have an upper hand because staff was conducting research on the side. But this matter never came up in the debate again after Sink received this illicit note. It's like looking at your neighbor's test but not using any of his answers. Is that cheating? Receiving a text message but not leveraging any advantage from that?

This is nonsense and straight-up political hay. Of all the substantive issues discussed in the debate, of all the important matters facing Florida today and of all the relevant parts of these candidates' personal histories, this is the issue gripping Florida's political press less than a week before the end of the campaign.

Straighten up, Florida. Learn something important. When Alex Sink is governor, I hope she relies on detailed research and facts, and I hope she utilizes a hard-working staff to full effect. If Scott wins, maybe we can expect him not to rely on any help and just exercise his best personal judgement. And we all know how well that has worked out for him before.

Originally posted to Southernlib on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:00 AM PDT.

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  •  The people who ran the Pension Funds (6+ / 0-)

    They were all Bush cronies.  If Sink knew how to run a campaign all Florida would know that.

    She should have just used GOP tactics anyway and just told Scott she got a text message from Brett Favre.

    •  I think she's run a good campaign. (1+ / 0-)
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      larkspurlane

      This is a Republican year and she is running neck-in-neck with a Republican candidate in a state that is pretty Republican.

      I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

      by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:51:03 AM PDT

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      •  Sink's campaign like Coakley's (0+ / 0-)

        Her campaign has been a replay of Martha Coakley.  I would expect a campaign against a known thief would focus on dragging him further into the mud.  Then I hear her brag about having a 4.0 in math at Wake Forest.  Awful.

        I would NEVER vote for her if she actually had a primary oponent.  

        We need a campaign like Sestak in running in PA.  We need some well done commercials like the one with Sestak's dog.  We also need to be scaring Senior Citizens about Scott.

        And how about some ads with former HCA employees explaining the deplorable conditions at Scott's Hospitals??

        •  Her ads have gone after (0+ / 0-)

          Scott on the on the fraud. I've seen them. She's been very aggressive. Martha Coakley assumed that the general election happened on primary election day and that she could walk into the Senate with no effort. There is simply no comparison between her and Sink. None.

          I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

          by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

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        •  Four Sink attack ads! (1+ / 0-)
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          DruidQueen

          I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

          by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 11:28:29 AM PDT

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    •  Why talk her down right now? (1+ / 0-)
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      psychodrew

      This campaign is important. I don't think she has run a bad campaign. Certainly, every campaign can be run better. But she is being outspent enormously, running in the state where Marco Rubio practically birthed the tea party movement and is still in position to win this. I wish she was ahead by 10, but Scott's TV tidal wave has been terribly effective. I didn't think he would beat McCollum, but he did. This is a tough race because Scott has run an expensive campaign. To say everyone should know all of his skeletons assumes, 1, that his supporters care, and 2, that we have $30 million lying in our cushions to counter his damn donut shop campaigns.

      But Sink is no Martha Coakley. She has lost this race by now, and was scoffing at the notion she had to campaign at all. Sink has worked very hard at this race. We need to help her win it.

      Please check out my blog Rantings From Florida. Someone has to do it.

      by Southernlib on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 04:18:05 PM PDT

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  •  The Bernie Madoff of health care (6+ / 0-)

    belongs in prison, not in the governor's mansion.

  •  Billionaires never tell a lie, are wholesome and (3+ / 0-)

    good people. Now that I have your attention I have some swampland in Florida I would like to sell you.

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, US AG

    by Mr SeeMore on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:11:08 AM PDT

  •  well, it is Florida (3+ / 0-)

    Minor nuisances become major issues that hog media time and deflect attention from real concerns. Sad part is that there are a lot of low-information voters who buy this garbage.

    The GOP taps into stupidity far too often down here. Sad, sad, sad.

  •  Rick Scott is a clown (5+ / 0-)

    unfortunately my fellow residents of Florida seem to be entertained by the three-ring circus known as the republican party of florida.

    After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can't drive!

    by tygerwilde on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:22:09 AM PDT

  •  You left out an important part of the story. (2+ / 0-)
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    psychodrew, JDWolverton

    She didn't receive a message. That implies she was using her PDA. An unpaid staffer gave a pda to the makeup artist and told her to show the message to Sink. So Sink is sitting there, this woman says "look at this", and boom, she's a "cheater". It was not even an important message. It shows how one stupid staffer can hamper a candidate. But Sink did nothing wrong here, except perhaps to choose a poor adviser.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:37:56 AM PDT

  •  Fla:Land of the "I've got mine/screw you-ers" (2+ / 0-)
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    DruidQueen, Hockeyray

    The idiocy of the Florida Teahadists and GOPukes is astounding - they are being pawned and manipulated by the very interests who will put them out on the streets to die.

    There is nothing more patently pathetic than to see these old timers supporting something which will result in their own doom.

    No fool like an old fool!

    Truth conquers all things

    by larkspurlane on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:48:43 AM PDT

  •  I was in the audience at that debate. (3+ / 0-)
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    JDWolverton, DruidQueen, tygerwilde

    It was held at a theatre at my university. If I remember correctly, the audience laughed at him for calling her out for using "an iPad" to get a message from a staffer.

    I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

    by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:49:21 AM PDT

    •  Will the USFers vote this time? (1+ / 0-)
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      psychodrew

      It would make a huge difference, and possibly salve some of the teabag nuttery this year. There really is no excuse for Florida to be considering this criminal for the highest office in the state.

      Also, Go Bulls.

      Please check out my blog Rantings From Florida. Someone has to do it.

      by Southernlib on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 04:12:45 PM PDT

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      •  I'm trying. (0+ / 0-)

        I've been sending early voting/vote-by-mail information. I tell everybody I know about the local races. I see more Young Republican stuff than Young Democrats stuff on campus. I hope so. There were more Alex Sink signs on campus the day of the debate than Rick Scott signs. And in the audience, the cheers/claps for Alex Sink came from the student section while the support for Rick Scott came from the older teabaggers sitting right in front of me.

        I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

        by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 05:21:58 PM PDT

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      •  And yes. (0+ / 0-)

        Go Bulls, UNLESS they are playing WVU. You can take the Mountaineer out of West Virginia, but you can never take the West Virginia out of this Mountaineer!

        I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

        by psychodrew on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 05:23:03 PM PDT

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    •  I ran into some supporters of Scott (1+ / 0-)
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      psychodrew

      They were young, holding crude signs, girl had a "chicks for rick" shirt on.

      They had wandered into the basement of SVC looking for the debate.

      "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -- George Bernard Shaw

      by Inspector Javert on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 10:29:44 AM PDT

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      •  Low information voters. (1+ / 0-)
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        Inspector Javert

        I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

        by psychodrew on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 10:34:25 AM PDT

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        •  I was going to question them (1+ / 0-)
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          psychodrew

          ask if they were students, and how they'd feel when the university staff disappeared when Scott cuts 5% of government jobs and his tax cuts rape the budget.

          However, I just wanted to go home after a day of work and didn't want to get into it with them.

          "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -- George Bernard Shaw

          by Inspector Javert on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 11:11:02 AM PDT

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          •  That would have been entertaining to watch. (0+ / 0-)

            These kids aren't used to having their views challenged.

            I'm gay and I'm pissed. I'm not giving up, I'm not giving in, I'm not backing down, and I'm not going away. Deal with it.

            by psychodrew on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 11:37:56 AM PDT

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  •  Fla Srs play russian roulette with their lives (2+ / 0-)
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    psychodrew, DruidQueen

    and are being pimped BIG TIME by the corporate interests who will steal their social security & medicare while they permit themselves to look like fracking morons on public television at these old fool rallies.

    I don't want to hear from any Repuke old timer that they didn't know what they were doing.

    If they're senile, so be it.  But most of these gullible morons believe Fox News and are being led to their own doom by the GOP Pied Piper.

    Truth conquers all things

    by larkspurlane on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:50:55 AM PDT

  •  These Sr. morons make it bad for all the rest (0+ / 0-)

    with the youth of this country.

    They're showing their asses by acting like bullies and violent extremists just to protect their little personal nest eggs which happen to be "goverment subsidies".

    I surely wouldn't want to be any of these GOPiggies when it comes time for them to be in a nursing home or have nursing care and will be too frail and sick to even recognize the subtleties of real abuse.

    After all, it's the young working class today who is footing the bill for these pimp-job senior hypocrites.

    Truth conquers all things

    by larkspurlane on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:53:05 AM PDT

  •  Rick Scott is "above the law" - or so he thinks?? (1+ / 0-)
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    JDWolverton

    Carl Hiaasen has written a wonderful piece on this criminal Rick Scott.  His use of evasive technique during his testimony (pleasing the 5th 70 times and not being able to identify a "promise", "agreement" or even his own signature is clearly criminal.  

    How this man and the Repoligarchs behind him can pimp the people of Florida into believing that this man has integrity and morality is far beyond me.

    The guy should be sitting in jail.

    RICH SCOTT HAS STOLEN MEGABUCKS FROM THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY. When they booted his butt, they gave him a golden parachute of $300 Million of OUR MONEY!!

    Defrauding Medicare no less???  And his supporters are the same ones drawing and using medicare where he's just pulled off the LARGEST HEIST IN AMERICAN FRAUD?

    Florida is totally 'doomed' if this criminal takes office.

    Truth conquers all things

    by larkspurlane on Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 10:59:00 AM PDT

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