[Even by Florida’s (sic) shaky standards, Rick Scott stands out as one of the most outlandish characters ever to pop out of the woodwork.
His presence makes this year’s governor’s race a momentous I.Q. test for voters. A man who couldn’t run an honest company now wants to run state government. Duh.
It’s one of those you-can’t-be-serious stories that just might come true.
Scott is brimming with oversized promises but, by his own admission, he struggles with the concept of commitment.
"I don’t know what the def – your definition or anybody’s definition of an ‘agreement’ is, or an ‘offer’ is, or ‘promise’ is," he testified in an evasive 1997 deposition.
Scott has spent long hours among attorneys because the healthcare firm that he headed, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., falsified patients’ bills and gave kick-backs to doctors, among other scams.
While the FBI was hauling away company records, Scott got the boot. Columbia/HCA later paid a $1.7 billion fine for perpetrating the largest Medicare fraud in the history of Medicare, no small feat.
Scott was never charged with a crime, which is currently the high point of his résumé. He left Colum-bia/HCA with a $300-million-plus severance package that is helping to bankroll his gubernatorial campaign.
The Republican leadership, which attacked Scott relentlessly before the primary, has now lined up behind him to throw mud at Democrat Alex Sink. It’s the only feasible strategy, when your own candidate has such a messy history.
Of his years as chief of Columbia/HCA, Scott says he takes responsibility for what occurred, but insists he didn’t know anything illegal was going on.
FOOL OR CROOK
The fraud was so massive and institutionalized that his statement can’t be taken seriously. If he truly didn’t know what was happening all around him, he’s an incompetent fool.
And if he did know, he’s a lying crook.
Either way, Floridians need a governor with a different sense of mission.
On the campaign trail, Scott prefers not to revisit the old days. However, glimpses of his management style are evident in some of his depositions.
"I sign letters all the time that I have not read," he testified in one Texas case.
When asked to look at a letter bearing his own signature, Scott said, rather unhelpfully, ‘‘I would characterize it as a letter with these words."
Time and again he was stricken with situational amnesia regarding his own orders and actions.
"Promise’’ wasn’t the only word that confused him under questioning. A lawyer by training, he appeared muddled by the definitions of simple terms such as "profit," ‘‘market’’ and even "Central Florida."
(To see this performance for yourself, check out the video segment that’s been posted on the Herald’s website)...]
Found video in news story at http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/105376773.html.
How can any sentient being, even RepubliKKKans, vote for this fraudulent fool?
Sheesh, where did you hide my blogging knife, honey?