Rick Scott warns Republicans: Don’t fall for the ‘Democratic lie’ on bailouts
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

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Senator warns Republicans to stay strong.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, fears that his colleagues are “ready to cave” on a fat stimulus bill that rewards the policy priorities of the hard left.

In an editorial published Saturday by National Review Online, the first-term Senator and former two term Governor of the state of Florida warns the GOP is ready to give in.

“Too many of my Republican colleagues have bought their lie and are getting ready to cave,” Scott said regarding so-called blue state bailouts, funding splashes that Scott and other Republicans contend are to defray high legacy costs and inefficient government rather than cost of the virus itself.

“Some of my Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill have bought the Democratic lie that preventing bailouts for liberal states would lead to disastrous consequences. They’re getting ready to capitulate and give hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money to Governors [Andrew] Cuomo and [Gavin] Newsom and [J.B.] Pritzker, all of whom are refusing to open their states, get kids back in classrooms, and get their economies on the road to recovery,” Scott added.

“Bailing out those who have done so much damage to their states and our country already,” Scott concluded, “would be a boondoggle of epic proportions.”

What’s new here are the unspoken realities of 2021 in Washington, D.C., a place where an unpredictable Republican President will shortly be supplanted by a Democratic administration, aided and abetted by legislative veterans of the same party who will narrowly control the House and have at least a meaningful minority in the Senate.

Scott, who has voiced repeated concerns about accountability of funds vis a vis the CARES Act, recycled those plaints here.

“We don’t even know how much of the $1 trillion allocated to states and local governments by the CARES Act has already been spent, and they won’t tell us. I and Senator Ron Johnson have written multiple letters to every Governor in America asking for a breakdown of how they’ve spent their states’ CARES Act money. Just ten of them have responded. Only in Washington does it make sense to consider sending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to states and local governments that refuse to tell us how, or even if, they’ve used the $1 trillion we sent them nine months ago.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Brian Feldman

    December 12, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Try spell check. Scott is embarrassing and so is this piece

  • S B ANTHONY

    December 12, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Hey Tricky Dick, keep spreading the divisiveness and see where it gets you.
    Didn’t get Don the Con too far. GLOAT. Greatest Loser Of All Time!

  • Ocean Joe

    December 12, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    In short, Scott will vote against any kind of relief. Even the Grinch who stole Christmas would be in awe of this thing. Marie Antoinette is probably in the family tree along with Uncle Fester.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    December 13, 2020 at 4:10 am

    As usual, Scott has it backward. It’s hard to believe how many people buy this crap. For the record, it’s the blue states who “bail out” the red states, year after year. Blue states pay tons more money in federal income and other taxes, money which the federal government pays out in benefits to pathetic red states, like Florida.

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 13, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Nazi Rick what a stupendous cruel old rich white man! This is America! Nazi Rick really gets into this legal killing bs for old white rick men! Nazi Rick killed and harmed thousands while CEO! Resign scum!

  • Arl

    December 13, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Scott is a Trumpee and will run for president at some time. Before becoming governor of Florida, his medical company was indicted for Medicare/Medicare fraud- the biggest in history. He resigned from the company before the trial to keep his name off the record.
    However, he was called to testify. During testimony, he pleaded the 5th Amendment over 70 times.

  • PeterH

    December 13, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    FUN FACTS:

    Blue states prop up Florida’s “no state income tax” status.

    Florida is the number three recipient of Federal money…… money that is provided by blue state contributors to the National treasury.

    Interesting that Republican Lindsey Graham’s state of of South Carolina is the number one recipient of blue state money. For every dollar South Carolina sends to the national treasury the State receives $7.00 back in return.

    Red States continue to be dependent on blue state charity. So sad but true.

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