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
Endorsed Endorsed by Donald Trump/MAGA during presidency.
Scott is endorsed by Trump/MAGA endorsement list
Endorsements by Donald Trump, implying support of Trump's agenda and electoral style.
The phrase "Make America Great Again" was popularized in Trump's 2015 book Time to Get Tough:Making America Great Again. It is the campaign slogan embroidered on the ubiquitous red caps seen at Trump rallies (which after Trump's presidency, became known as "MAGA rallies").
Source: Ballotpedia 2016-2022 endorsement list 2022-MAGA on Jan 1, 2022
Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.
Scott voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote
Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.
Timeline of 1/6/21 by Wikipedia:
Source: Congressional vote 21-Cert on Jan 6, 2021
- 1:12 PM: Gosar and Cruz object to certifying the votes. The joint session separates into House and Senate chambers to debate the objection.
- 1:35 PM: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warns that refusing to certify the results of the
presidential election under false pretenses would push American democracy into a `death spiral`.
- 2:12 PM: The first rioter enters the Capitol through a broken window, opening a door for others
- 2:24 PM: President Trump tweets, `Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.`
- 4:17 PM: Trump denounces the riots, but maintaining the false claims that the election was stolen
- Around 5:40 PM: As the interior of the Capitol is cleared of rioters, leaders of Congress state that they will continue tallying electoral votes
- 8:06 PM: The Senate reconvenes, with Vice President Pence presiding.
- 10:15 PM: The Senate votes 93-6 against the objection (Senate rollcall #1).
- 11:30 PM: The House votes 303-121 to reject the objection (House rollcall #10).
Opposed creating Commission to investigate Jan. 6 events.
Scott voted NAY creating a January 6th Commission
Bill summary:The select committee must (1) conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; (2) identify, review, and evaluate the causes of and the lessons learned from this attack; and (3) submit a report containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations to prevent future acts of violence, domestic terrorism, and domestic violent extremism, and to improve the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex and other American democratic institutions.
CBS News summary, by Grace Segers on June 30, 2021:H.R. 3233 would have created a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the root causes of the breach of the U.S. Capitol, modeled after the 9/11 Commission.
On May 28, the House passed the bill by a vote of 222 to 190, including 35 Republican votes. It then failed in the Senate, where it received an insufficient number of Republican votes to advance.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on June 24 that the House would establish a select committee [appointed by House Democrats, instead of a bipartisan independent commission] to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection and general security issues related to the incident. Pelosi said its leadership and members would be announced later. The House passed the resolution to form the committee on June 29, 2021, by a vote of 222-190.
OnTheIssues note: The Senate voting record refers to the earlier rejected bill H.R. 3233, and the House voting record refers to the later bill H.Res.503. The later bill had no Senate vote (but the two House votes were almost identical).
Source: Congressional vote 21-HR503 on May 28, 2021
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