Rick Scott warns GOP not to ‘blink’ on blue state bailouts

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Sen. Scott says Democrats want to bail out their buddies.

Florida’s junior Senator warned his fellow Republicans Tuesday not to go wobbly on bailing out state and local governments under the guise of coronavirus relief

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, during an appearance on the Fox News Channel, told host Steve Doocy that “we can’t blink on this,” regarding their payouts.

Scott, who heads up the Senate campaign arm, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, asserted that Democratic states pushing for more federal help are just working a ploy.

“These states just want it, they don’t need it. They want a free ride with our money,” Scott charged on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends.

“Democrats want to bail out their buddies, their buddies that can’t live within their means,” Scott added.

The Senator was promoting an op-ed that ran this weekend, a jeremiad about colleagues who 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 would be a boondoggle of epic proportions,” Scott concluded.

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


  • Ocean Joe

    December 15, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Hawley and Sanders are pushing a strict stimulus check bill. Even Trump wants it. You stand in a corner on the far edge of reason and screech while others do the politically responsible: getting relief for millions of Floridians.

    I’m OK, you’re filthy rich, but as a senator for the entire state how do you fail to see not only the suffering of your constituents at the bottom but the cascading consequences for business. You took the senate campaign spot, that’s fine but how about remembering who you serve. Do you take the fifth on that one?

  • James Robert Miles

    December 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Republicans only want to bail out Republicans. Republicans only represent Republicans as Republicans, especially Rick Scott continue their right-wing slant towards fascistic leanings, hating democracy as the GOP obviously does!!

  • Sonja Fitch

    December 15, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Nazi Rick you so funny! Running around spouting off bs to get some tv coverage! Lol Nazi Rick you are not going to be a part of the ground zero goptrump death cult leader money grabs! Cause you so obviously mean that you make that Miller man look ok! Lol love it

  • Sam

    December 15, 2020 at 11:06 am

    Ideology over people, at least he’s always consistent.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    December 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Six years ago I decided to try retiring in Florida; low cost of living, no snow. It sounded nice. Worst decision I ever made.

  • PeterH

    December 16, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Fun Fact:

    Florida is the number three recipient of blue state bail out money. Florida, like most red states, is dependent on blue state contributions to the national treasury.

    See Forbes and Tax Policy Institute for proof of my comments.

  • James C Williams

    December 16, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    I was about to point this out, Peter H., but you beat me to it. The most economically successful states are almost all Blue states. Republicans need to suck that for a while and see if they learn anything.

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