Gov. DeSantis still hasn’t talked to Rick Scott in Ian’s wake

scott, rick - with ron desantis
'If you need any help, tell me.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has been through a lot of hurricanes, but he apparently is having a hard time getting through to his successor in the Governor’s Office in the wake of Ian.

During a Thursday morning interview on the Weather Channel, Jim Cantore probed Scott on whether they’ve talked “today.” Scott said he’d talked to most everyone but Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“I’ve reached out. I’ve been talking to Sheriffs. I’ve reached out to the Governor, but I’ve been talking to Sheriffs, police departments, state workers. I’ve talked a couple times to the CFO, Jimmy Patronis,” Scott told Cantore.

“So I told them, I told all of them: I spent eight years as Governor. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure every federal resource is there,” Scott added. “If you need any help, tell me. I’ll tell you what I can do, whatever I can to be helpful.”

“I might have a resource. I might know somebody that can help you. Or I can make sure we get our federal resources there,” Scott affirmed.

Florida Politics reached out to DeSantis Communication Director Taryn Fenske to find out why there’s been a disconnect. A schedule sent Thursday afternoon from the Governor’s Office showed another call with President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, but not Scott.

Scott has not been afraid to say what’s on his mind regarding DeSantis and devastating Hurricane Ian, including suggesting during a Fox News interview that the state needs to do something about “failing” property insurance companies.

“Citizens has grown quite a bit recently. We’ve got to figure out why these companies are failing. There’s a lot of property insurance companies that have failed recently. We’ve got to figure out why Citizens is the size it is. And how do we make sure that when you have insurance, you actually have real coverage?” he said.

“And so, I think it’s something the state’s going to have to put a lot of effort into,” Scott continued. “We’ve got to have a robust property insurance market in the state, and we’ve got to have insurance companies that are fully funded, so that they can provide the resources if something like this happens.”

Scott was responding to the introduction of a POLITICO article entitled “DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida Governor,” which described a “faltering” property insurance market. He agreed with the idea that major hurricanes do indeed test Governors.

“Every time you learn something,” Scott said when asked if hurricanes represented a “test” for a Governor by Fox host Bret Baier. “They’ll learn something from this one.”

DeSantis’ campaign rapid response director Christina Pushaw had previously refuted the idea that a storm was a “test” at all.

Media talking point is Hurricane Ian is a “test” of Gov. DeSantis. No — it’s a natural disaster; the governor is focused on saving lives. Stop politicizing! If you are genuinely curious about how Gov. DeSantis responds to emergencies, see Surfside 2021. We are in good hands,” Pushaw tweeted.

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


8 comments

  • Harsh Truths

    September 29, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Charlie, the insurance companies are failing in FL due to the continuing devaluation of the U.S. dollar and inflation.

    Here is an idea to make insurance cheaper: STOP SPENDING SO MUCH FEDERAL MONEY.

    • JT

      September 29, 2022 at 11:19 am

      AMEN!

    • Elliott Offen

      September 29, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      Due to the GOP voting for the rich, shoveling money to the rich as fast as humanly possible. They could cut spending completely and it wouldn’t make a damn. If rich people suck up and hoard all the money…it’s gonna drive up prices. Also the more power to the rich, the more they’ll charge the average Joe for goods and services. They won’t just “give everyone a break” with government out of the way. Pedal to the metal exploitation ensues.

  • Ian (had this name long before the hurricane)

    September 29, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Of course they haven’t spoken. They hate each other.

  • Tom

    September 29, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Tropical 1 sea wind…. category 2 tropical whirlwind… tropical 4 ocean windcane.

  • David Robinson

    September 30, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    The convention center in wimauma,fl. Full, I mean 20/40 acres of electrical truck, right now. Still most s/e Hillsborough no power and no gasoline. DeSantis socks, what a blow hard. The worst thing is we have the alternative. Storms where handled better twenty years ago, at least no progress.

  • Ocean Joe

    September 30, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Nobody wants or needs to talk to Rick Scott except the Clinton administration which failed to properly hold him accountable for the largest Medicare fraud in history perpetrated by HCA of which he served as CEO.
    Desantis is doing a capable job, and unlike Scott, allowed the state emergency management director to do his job (like every governor before him except Scott).

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