Rick Scott cries foul over CDC media training
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
Are leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worried about spin control?

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is raising questions about taxpayer-funded spin control efforts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, the Florida Senator slams the decision to contract with political consultant Mandy Grunwald for more than $30,000 in virtual coaching sessions. The Senator suggested Walensky was being coached on how to lie.

“It is abundantly clear to the American people that President Joe Biden and members of his administration will go to great lengths to mislead them about the state of our country and effectiveness of their policies,” Scott wrote.

“These false narratives alone are unacceptable and insulting to the American people. Learning that you have chosen to stick taxpayers with a bill to be trained in ways to advance the administration’s radical agenda and mistruths adds insult to injury and must be answered for,” Scott added.

Scott blasted Walensky for having “spent large sums of federal monies on partisan political consultants to improve your media image without any discernible benefit to the American taxpayer.”

“This is beyond shameful; it is wasteful, abusive federal spending directed to line the pockets of your political allies at the expense of hardworking Americans who deserve your accountability,” Scott fumed, asking for the answers to various questions from Walensky by Sept. 23, some about the process and some about the product itself.

One area of concern: whether Walensky offered a no-bid consulting contract to Grunwald, or whether “other individuals, organizations, or providers were considered or solicited to perform media training services for you and your agency.”

Scott also seeks visibility into “all training materials used and/or presented by Grunwald during the training provided to you and your agency,” as well as “all written communications, including electronic mail, text messages, and internet messages, between Grunwald and any officer or employee of the CDC.”

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


  • SteveHC

    August 31, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Too bad that Scott has degraded himself into nothing more than a cheap, politically-grandstanding loudmouth who no longer knows when to stop his ridiculous daily, irrational, nonstop trash-talk. Hopefully voters will someday decide they’ve heard enough of such nonsense and decide to vote such asinine hatemongers out of office.

  • Charlie Crist

    August 31, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Scott is a GD crook and a heartless man. Would not be one social program if radical capitalists like Scott were in charge.

  • Meredith Lee Shaw

    August 31, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Rick Scott’s tirades are hypocritical and inane to the point of lunacy. I guess when you have paid the biggest fine in U.S. HISTORY for your billions of dollars of Medicare and Medicaid FRAUD, you have to lash out a someone. I wish Florida’s elected leaders would attempt to govern ALL of their constituents. They seem incapable to doing anything except looking crazy and passing laws that will be overturned before the ink is dry.

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