‘I have committed heresy’: Rick Scott goes rogue on Mitch McConnell
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

There was more back and forth in the GOP Senate leadership fight Friday.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s heel turn against Republican leadership continues with a frothy op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

“I have committed heresy in Washington,” Scott writes, promoting again his controversial 11-point plan to “rescue America” that already has been rebuked by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week.

Scott doubled down on his position in the op-ed with provocative phrases.

“If we have no bigger plan than to be a speed bump on the road to socialism, we don’t deserve to govern. Most Republicans in Congress agree, but many live in fear of speaking the truth in Washington. If you do, the Democrats will attack you and use it against you. Therefore, they tell us, it’s best to keep your head down, vote as directed, and be quiet,” Scott asserted.

“But Americans have never had more information than they do today. They demand and deserve the truth, and it’s time to give it to them.”

Scott suggested Republican leadership can’t handle his truth: “I went out and made a statement that got me in trouble. I said that all Americans need to have some skin in the game. Even if it is just a few bucks, everyone needs to know what it is like to pay some taxes. It hit a nerve.”

Among those who need to be taxed, according to Scott in the WSJ: “freeloaders who abuse the welfare system.”

Scott, who is ending the week with a shot across the bow of GOP leaders, accurately predicts that this drama isn’t over.

“There will be many more attacks on me and this plan from careerists in Washington, who personally profit while ruining this country.” Scott wrote. ” Bring it on.”

It remains to be seen if McConnell will be moved by Scott’s latest salvo, considering how thoroughly he rejected the Senator’s proposal earlier this week.

“If we’re fortunate enough to have the majority next year, I’ll be the Majority Leader,” McConnell said. “I’ll decide in consultation with my members what to put on the floor.”

“Now let me tell you what will not be part of our agenda,” McConnell continued, savaging two key components of the plan. “We will not have as part of our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people, and sunsets Social Security and Medicare within five years. That will not be part of a Republican Senate majority agenda.”

Scott has continued to promote the plan heavily since, though he hasn’t just focused on his tax and sunset proposals. During a hit on the right-of-center Charlie Kirk Show, Scott found time to explain how he would “rescue America” from transgender athletes when the conversation turned to the heteronormative “Gender, life, science” plank of the platform.

“You follow these swimmers, the male swimmers (participating) in women’s sports,” Scott said. “That’s not right. You shouldn’t allow men to play in women’s sports.”

“Think of all the women who worked their butts off to try to make sure that women’s sports were funded through universities and things like that,” Scott added. “Now men decide … they want to play women’s sports. That’s wrong. We’ve got to not allow that to happen.”

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


  • Votedemout

    March 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Finally a Senator with the gonads to stand up against McConnell. While I’m sure McConnell has done some good, obviously keeping Merritt Garland off of the Supreme Court, but he has done so much more that is harmful to our country. Perhaps Sen Scott can lead the charge to unseat McConnell, for it sure isn’t going to be my senator John “Weak Kneed” Cornyn. I thought we were going to be rid of the other cancer Sen John Thune from our party, but now he has decided to run again and no doubt the voters in S Dakota will want to keep their leadership senator.

  • ronald bucina

    March 4, 2022 at 12:36 pm


  • Patrick Brady

    March 4, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Wrong. Rick Scott sucks, and McConnell has delivered more in one month than Scott has in a lifetime. Campaign finance, pro-life, remaking the judiciary . . . McConnell has delivered like no one else. This hatred by conservatives is just f*cking stupid.

    Republicans will underperform this fall in the Senate elections, and it is all because of R. Scott. He sucks.

  • tom palmer

    March 4, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Speaking of people who abuse the system…Sen Medicare Fraud Everyone pays all kinds of taxes already even it isn’t federal income tax, Seems like the GOP is getting to be like the Democrats in fighting among themselves.

  • Chris Warren

    March 4, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    I was planning on a Florida Vacation to do the Parks once Covid slows down but with these FASCIST FUCKS IN CHARGE with their Stand your ground Bullshit and the Anti-Social Policies they’ve enacted I will never set foot in FASCIST FLORIDA AGAIN! I cancelled a Cruise leaving from Miami because of Covid but that was just an excuse! Never visit Florida AGAIN!

    • Ocean Joe

      March 5, 2022 at 5:26 am

      You may want to change your mind and visit the parks before they are gone. We have a government that has for the past 20 years encouraged uncontrolled growth, and brags about 1000 new residents a day and then wonders why there is a housing crisis, of course since it has no impact on the wealthy it will not be addressed. The answer will be more uncontrolled growth.
      Florida’s population used to have a balance, as retirees moved here, a reward for a life of hard work. They lived out their final years and passed on to be replaced by the next generation of retirees.
      Or, if you are young enough, wait 20 years and you will see the current iteration of yokels and carpet baggers like Rick Scott disappear, and then come visit.

  • Grant Rimbey

    March 4, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    I’m an Independent and I can’t stand the fascist Extreme Right, much less Turnip and his mindless seditious minions. But I at least recognize that Mitch McConnell is a very savvy master politician, he’s one of the best the GOP has. Rick Scott is a wannabe; a crook. I hope the GOP does get rid of masters like Mitch for nitwits like Scott, Gaetz, Greene, et al, it will only hasten their inevitable demise.

  • Martiza

    March 9, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Chris Warren, I don’t believe anyone will miss you. In fact, the further north of the Mason/Dixon line you stay, the better.

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