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.