If I only had a heart
In a blistering editorial
the Tampa Bay Times eviscerates Florida Governor Scott calling him a tin man without a heart and the Florida governor who has caused the most harm in modern times. I don't think there will be any suspense as to who the TBT's will endorse in Novembers election.
I'll let them speak for themselves because I could not do better. I have never read such a stunning smack-down from the TBT and I encourage you to read the editorial yourself.
This time four years ago Rick Scott was a stranger to Floridians. Then he spent $73 million on his first political campaign and rode an angry voter wave to the Governor's Mansion. For Florida, this has been a hostile takeover by the former CEO of the nation's largest hospital chain. In three years Scott has done more harm than any modern governor, from voting rights to privacy rights, public schools to higher education, environmental protection to health care. One more legislative session and a $100 million re-election campaign will not undo the damage.
This is the tin man as governor, a chief executive who shows no heartfelt connection to the state, appreciation for its values or compassion for its residents. Duke Energy is charging its electric customers billions for nuclear plants that were botched or never built. Homeowners are being pushed out of the state-run Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and into private insurers with higher premiums and no track records. Federal flood insurance rates are soaring so high that many property owners cannot afford the premiums but also cannot sell their homes. The governor sides with the electric utilities and property insurers. He criticizes the president rather than fellow Republicans in Congress for failing to fix the flood insurance fiasco they helped create.
In Scott's Florida, it is harder for citizens to vote and for the jobless to collect unemployment. It is easier for renters to be evicted and for borrowers to be charged high interest rates on short-term loans. It is harder for patients to win claims against doctors who hurt them and for consumers to get fair treatment from car dealers who deceive them. It is easier for businesses to avoid paying taxes, building roads and repairing environmental damage.
Whew, and they are just getting started! Some other adjectives the TBT's uses describing Scott include: callous, soulless, nonempathic and coldhearted. They're getting into the pathological here and I agree.
Scott will continue to destroy Florida if he wins in November. And there is no doubt that he will try any illegal means possible to influence the 2016 Florida election results.
Join the Charlie Crist campaign and help us get rid of this guy.