Lindsey Graham: Rick Scott’s fortune is a ‘blessing from God’

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott brought U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham to Jacksonville, in a potential preview of a Senate partnership.

In front of a crowd of roughly 100 people at a Christian school on the Westside, the South Carolina Republican extolled Scott’s reliability as he stressed issues he’d be reliable on (including Supreme Court votes, support for Israel, and tax reform).

But Scott’s ability to self-finance, not often a talking point for Scott’s campaign, informed the most interesting part of Graham’s remarks.

“When I heard Rick was running for the Senate, I got on my knees and said a prayer,” Graham said. “He’s the one guy who could make this a race. Because Florida’s expensive and incumbents are hard to beat.”

Graham noted that Scott “started with nothing, and has lived the American Dream. He’s put a lot of his own money into this race.”

“I asked Rick about this and he said ‘I’ve been blessed beyond measure. My children are good. My family is more than good. We’ve been very blessed,’ ” Graham added.

“My wife and (I) said ‘this money is a blessing from God and we’re going to use it to for good,’ ” Graham quoted Scott as saying.

Graham quipped that “you can do a lot of good as a U.S. Senator.”

Sen. Bill Nelson weighed in quickly.

Scott’s wealth has been an issue throughout his two terms as Florida Governor, with scads of critical reporting about his blind trust.

The Scotts are worth somewhere between $254 and $510 million at last check, and investments have done well, as one reporter noticed on the trail.

We would have asked Scott about Graham’s remarks after the event, and issues of divine provenance more generally, but his campaign did not schedule time for a gaggle.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ray Tampa

    November 2, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    The headline reads – Lindsey Graham: Rick Scott’s fortune is a ‘blessing from God’. My question is – how would the devil from hell know a ‘blessing from God’?

    Senator Nelson offered a quick and accurate response by saying that Scott’s wealth was STOLEN from the American people.

    Lindsey Graham is one of the worst flip flopping senators ever. I find it hard to believe that a principled man such as John McCain could have befriended such a scoundrel like Graham. Scott and Graham are much more compatible azzholes.

  • Kristen

    November 3, 2018 at 12:01 am

    McCain must be in heaven just shaking head what a traitor Graham has become. He has become a very vile person. Also, I can’t believe Megan Mccain not saying nothing about her so called “traitorous” uncle! How this guy has cozy up with trump after Trump trashed talked war hero John Mccain! How can vets and people who love the military like Graham does to allow the president to trash Mccain like this? I also shake my head! Mccain was in prison for 5 years and endured so much torture to stay back with his men! He was a hero and a good man! So sad.

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