Joe Henderson: Rick Scott’s letters to other Governors was bush-league stunt

Rick Scott
Troll is not a good look for Florida's former Governor.

Um, Sen. Rick Scott? Oh, honorable one?

You might want to think twice, three times, or maybe a hundred before going ahead with another juvenile stunt like the one you just pulled. Troll is not a good look for you, not when everyone examines the big picture.

Florida’s former Governor and current junior U.S. Senator sent letters to the Governors of six states, “outlining his concerns about rising debt in their states, and the actions he took as Governor to turn around Florida’s economy.”

That’s how his office phrased it in a news release.

I’m sure the Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut, and New Jersey were thrilled to learn of Scott’s concern and paid rapt attention. Coincidentally, or maybe not, they are all Democrats save one.

Take the blueprint he provided to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who no doubt gave it due attention before asking, “Who is Rick Scott?”

“When I was elected Governor of Florida in 2010, our state faced enormous challenges: rising rates of unemployment, growing state debt, thousands of burdensome regulations stifling our small businesses, and taxes increased by more than $2 billion in the previous four years before I took office,” Scott wrote.

“In two terms as Governor, we turned Florida from a state in financial free fall to the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”

What else did Gov. Scott accomplish in his two terms as Florida’s top pol, besides turning us into the Wawa capital of the world?

Well, he gutted environmental regulations, and his Department of Environmental Protection couldn’t utter the words “climate change.”

It might be a coincidence that two major toxic algae blooms occurred on Scott’s watch. Or, it might not.

There were major red tide outbreaks that might have been avoided. Alas, Scott slashed the budgets of five regional water management districts that watch that stuff.

He eliminated the growth management agency because those guys get in the way of runaway sprawl. If it’s green, pave it over, because that’s how we deal with Florida’s explosive growth.

Florida still has one of the highest rates of people without health insurance.

And while it is true that Florida’s unemployment rate dropped significantly on Scott’s watch, wages didn’t keep up. When he left office, the state ranked 39th in household income figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey.

Florida’s median household income is a little over $52,000. That’s one of the lowest in the country and far below the nation’s median of about $60,000. Florida’s poverty rate is 15.5% or about one out of every six residents.

Each state is different, with diverse needs. It’s easy for Scott to take a potshot at those other states, but he never had to run them. He doesn’t know what challenges those Governors face. He doesn’t know what their citizens need or prioritize.

Scott doesn’t need to be throwing stones. I mean, one of those Governors might just throw a jar of green algae goo back at him. That stuff smells bad, too.

Joe Henderson

I have a 45-year career in newspapers, including nearly 42 years at The Tampa Tribune. Florida is wacky, wonderful, unpredictable and a national force. It's a treat to have a front-row seat for it all.


12 comments

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 16, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Just another goptrumper Cult racist white man. Rick Scott Marco and Gaetz and DeSantis are the troll rowers of the goptrumper Cult boat. These are not good and decent humans. These are racist white men hell bent on powers and greed!

    • Don Andelino

      October 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      He even looks like a troll

      • Steve

        October 17, 2019 at 12:49 am

        He looks like a freak from another planet, if you ask me.

  • John Kociuba

    October 16, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Dear Citizens ~

    Re: Communist Democrats

    Sonja Fitch, Joe Henderson, and other Menshevik supporting dullards know as much about economics as they do the United States Constitution or the Florida Constitution.

    1. Florida has one of the lowest number of citizens on welfare in the nation.

    2. Florida has one of the lowest cost of living in the Country (bankrate.com)

    3. Florida has no State which these Communist Democrats would love to change and turn Florida into New York, Chicago, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut thereby fleecing Florida Citizens blind!

    4. Florida has STAND YOUR GROUND LAW so single mothers, elderly, and families FEEL SAFE when traveling our wonderful State.

    5. Understand Communism: Theepochtimes.com ” The Specter Of Communism.”

    In conclusion: I’ve traveled the United States numerous times and numerous States are a tyrannical over taxed crime ridden dumps. KEEP FLORIDA REPUBLICAN!

    • Cynthia Parker

      October 16, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you for speaking up. I’ve lived in New York and Washington State both and I find the best cost of living is in Florida thanks to Rick Scott and now Ron DeSantis. The Democratic governors of failing States would do well to listen.

    • SANDYO

      October 17, 2019 at 11:57 am

      FACE IT, COCIUUBA, YOUR FRIEND RICK SCOTT HAS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING BENEFITTING HIS CONSTITUENTS. HE IS STILL MUMBLING “NO SUCH THING AS CLIMATE CHANGE”, AS HE ROWS TO HIS OFFICE!

      THIS IS A MAN AS UNSCRUPULOUS AS TRUMP..BIRDS OF A FEATHER..AS THEY SAY.

      WE ARE VOTING HIM OUT ASAP FOR LACK OF INTEREST IN HIS OWN CONSTITUENTS AND GAGGING HIS STAFF RE CLIMATE CONTROL==> AN INSTANCE OF ABROGATION OF 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, BY THE WAY!

      Remind us again why on earth we should re-elect him?

  • Dan Gauthier III

    October 16, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Henderson is a hack who is all in for his criminal party. Does he pay to publish his opinions? Where does the money come from Joe?

  • Sarah Robinson

    October 16, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Also, he signed the biggest anti-teacher law that his predecessor, Charlie Crist, vetoed. Today, Florida has a teacher shortage crisis, is one of the worst places to teach in the country for a multitude of reasons, and public schools are under attack. I left after 27 years. Only a fool would believe his words.

    • Jim Douglas

      October 16, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      Scott is simply a trump lackey. He was a lousy governor and is a horrible US Senator. His election was probably fixed, like Bush over Gore in 2000, Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Florida is an important state – control it and it can make a big difference nationally.

  • gary

    October 17, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Scott…

    WINNING!

  • Dan Kvachuk

    October 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Not to mention FL has one of the lowest teacher’s salary scale in the nation. Yeah, he’s quite the budget hawk. How about the national debt, Ricky??

  • Wbp

    October 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Scott gutted every environment law we had and approved development which will be impossible to stop for 20 yrs into the future.
    He lied publicly, broke sunshine laws at every opportunity and used tax payer money to buy his way out.
    Worst Gov. We ever had on a dz levels.
    I do have to chuckle about people singing his praises. They weren’t paying attention obviously.

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