Rick Scott continues war of words with New York politicians
Rick Scott continues to blast New York pols for profligate spending.

Rick Scott CNBC 3.20.19
The Senator compared Chuck Schumer to Bernie Madoff.

Sen. Rick Scott has been outspokenly opposed to so-called “blue state bailouts,” and continues to hurl invective at politicians from New York.

Thursday afternoon saw the first-term Republican lob a rhetorical bomb at yet another New Yorker, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, comparing him to convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff.

“Schumer is the Bernie Madoff of the Senate: he loves spending money that isn’t his,” Scott quipped on his @ScottforFlorida Twitter reserved for political purposes.

Schumer irked Scott Thursday when he compared Republicans to President Herbert Hoover.

“In the early days of the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover was reluctant to use national resources to combat a national crisis. His failure to act contributed to the length and severity of the depression. If our Republican colleagues, if President Trump, respond with the same timidity of President Hoover, I fear the nation could suffer the same consequences as it did in the past, and many economists agree,” Schumer mused.

“If we do nothing more, like some of our Republican colleagues seem to feel we should, a good number of economists believe we will have our Second Great Depression. Herbert Hoover redux, on the Republican side, if President Trump and Leader McConnell say ‘let’s wait and see’.”

Scott has railed against federal coronavirus relief funds used to bail out the “bad decisions” of states like New York and other governments larded with legacy costs, and has defended his position by saying unfettered spending will have dire economic consequences.

Scott has noted that Federal Reserve policies in the 1910s and 1920s led to the Great Depression Schumer bemoaned, and argued accumulation of debt could similarly imperil contemporary America.

“It looks like we’re going to spend 7-something trillion and get back 3-something trillion this year,” Scott said at an Americans for Prosperity town hall Wednesday. “There’s no free money here.”

“I’m very concerned about where we’re heading, and about the size of the Federal Reserve balance sheet,” Scott continued. “We’ve got to figure this stuff out.”

The Scott/Schumer back and forth is just one front in Scott’s offensive against New York politicians.

The more lively exchanges have been with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Florida has made the tough choices that New York has refused to make for decades and can get through this crisis without a bailout,” Scott said late last month. “Floridians shouldn’t have to backfill New York’s state budget and pension fund.

Cuomo’s take, meanwhile, is that Florida actually relies on federal help more than New York, and Scott is “playing the American people” to argue otherwise.

A.G. Gancarski

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



    May 7, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Will somebody near to him P-U-H-L-E-E-Z-E put this quirky. jerky, oddball into a garbage can and put him out for the next trash pick-up? P-U-H-L-E-E-Z-E!

    Right now, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, or formerly working Floridians ARE NOT GETTING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION because of what this POS did to the unemployment compensation system when he was governor!

    What kind of morons actually elected this mook to the U.S. Senate???

  • Tjb

    May 7, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Funny, that Scott attacks Schumer for taking money that is not his and complaining about the federal debt increasing. He had no issue with taking Medicare money thru fraudulent claims when he was the CEO at HCA. And why is Scott so concern about federal debt now? Trump’s policies have unfortunately reached records highs and did we hear Scott express any concern until now.

  • Ward Posey

    May 7, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Rick Scott supervised the largest Medicare fraud operation in History. He should be in a cell for 50 years, not the Senate. He is the toad that the dipsticks in Florida elected.

  • Patti Lynn

    May 7, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Until FloriDUH GIVES, in taxes, as much as it takes, Rick Scott should just SHUT UP!!! The people of New York have been bailing out the Federal Government, and FloriDUH, for many, many years. If New York, New Jersey, and the other Northeastern Blue States just paid fr what they USED, the Feds would NOT have enough $$$ to bail FloriDUH out. Scott used his HCA money, stolen from Medicare, to finance his gubernatorial races in the Sunshine State, and his Senate race. He is BETTING that Floridians will forget. DON’T !!!

  • Terri Ott

    May 7, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    TRick Scott is a joke and a thief, after stealing all that money he’s bitching about bailing out state that pay more in than Florida. I know people who have been waiting for over 7 weeks for unemployment, a benefit they worked for. I too have asked him to shut up. Please get rid of this thing.

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