Rick Scott says John Fetterman ‘lied’ about health amid stroke recovery

Rick Scott
'He lied about it. And that right there should be a disqualifying factor.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott blasted a Senate candidate from Pennsylvania for having “lied about his health” during a national radio interview.

Scott, who helms the National Republican Senatorial Committee, weighed in on the General Election battle between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz with some thoughts on Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke earlier this year.

“Fetterman, first off, lied about his health. Fetterman wasn’t even on the campaign trail for months. I’m sorry that he’s had health problems, but he lied about it. And that right there should be a disqualifying factor,” Scott said on Tuesday’s Hugh Hewitt Show.

The Scott attack comes as Oz, a television star behind Fetterman in polls and struggling with questions of residency and authenticity after parachuting into Pennsylvania for the Primary, demands five debates with Fetterman, the sitting Lieutenant Governor of the Keystone State.

“Now that Fetterman has returned to the campaign trail after a 90-day break, Pennsylvanians deserve to know whether he will engage in real debates or go back into hiding in his basement,” a spokesman for Oz told NBC News.

Scott’s concern for Fetterman’s health was only one issue he had with Oz’s opponent.

“The worst thing is, he’s going to be worse than Bernie Sanders. If you like Bernie Sanders, he’s your guy. But I don’t think that’s where Pennsylvania is,” Scott contended.

The FiveThirtyEight poll average contradicts Scott’s assertion about Pennsylvanians, with Fetterman closing in on 50% support, more than 10 points above Oz, a former television star who emerged from a crowded Primary with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Oz has collected $19 million for the Senate race, but has self-funded 70% of that, reports a Pennsylvania newspaper. Fetterman has been the more dynamic fundraiser.

During Tuesday’s Hugh Hewitt Show segment, guest host Kurt Schlicter kept pressing Scott on Oz’s inability to catch on with donors, asking if Scott would call Oz and tell him to write himself a check to make up the difference.

“We’re going to invest,” Scott, known for his own campaign self-funding through three elections, said of the NRSC efforts. “I know he’s investing.”

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

    August 16, 2022 at 8:36 am

    The carpetbaggers like to stick together.
    Rick, so unpopular even Sleepy Joe can look down on him.

  • Just a comment

    August 16, 2022 at 9:05 am

    This is bad invest where they get that pay salary in the first place
    I am still trying to comprehend where they get the people’s investment and say stick it.
    They were the servents

  • Tina Miller

    August 16, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Ask Rick Scott how many debates he will “demand” Herschel Walker participate in? Five? Lots of SNL material there

  • Kevin Rozanski

    August 16, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Ask “crooked” Rick Scott how he used money, his company ripped off Medicare, to fund his campaigns. Another Congressional crook who should be in prison instead of in Congress!!!!

  • PeterH

    August 16, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Republicans picked radio and television celebrities to run for SENATE seats……and then whine about their electability.

    The fact is lifetime grifter extraordinaire, Rick Scott, has to be one of the most incompetent chairs of the Republican Senatorial Committee in my lifetime.

    Vote Republicans out of office.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 16, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    Disqualifying factor? What about all the frauds perpetrated by Scott? He didn’t plead the fifth like 70 times for nothing. GOP is the party of crime.

  • Mr. Haney

    August 16, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Scott showing his ignorant arse once again.

  • David Swanson

    August 16, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    The 538 average doesn’t actually “contradict” Scott’s assertion that Fetterman is further left than Pennsylvania. It could just reflect that knowledge of Fetterman’s true positions has not yet reached most of the electorate, or that people are settling for a candidate to their left because they find the other candidate so distasteful.

  • John Aziz

    August 16, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Watch the Fetterman 1st public appearance. Hes half in a coma and ready to fall flat on his face. Its a disgrace the Democrats are pushing this guy. He should be and will be in a hospice real soon

  • Bend

    August 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I like that mental health thing it includes 6 months of therapy because I have a zit I am not proud of

  • rass

    August 17, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Rick – Get to work! We pay your alien ass to work for Florida! But instead you spend your time as a GOP whore, promoting snake oil salesmen like Oz. WTF. One carpetbagger promoting another. We have real problems here at home in Florida, dummy. We can’t wait to vote you out of office. Then, you can move home to Jersey with your pal Oz. Oh, and thanks for nothing on your dismal vote against the people on climate change, Rx drugs and health care. Loser!

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