The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (also the former co-chair of Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign), Tom Slade, on Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fl), and why Mitt Romney has chosen not to campaign with him in an important swing state:
“Rick Scott doesn’t seem to have any political skills at all. I’d give him a B for governing. I’d give him an A for strangeness.”
Background via Bloomberg:
The governor’s gaffes, along with an approval rating that hasn’t gone above 41 percent in Quinnipiac University polls, may hurt his party’s presidential contender, Mitt Romney. Florida is one of the most competitive electoral battlegrounds, with the past three presidential races decided by 5 percentage points or less. Romney hasn’t campaigned with Scott. [….]
Adding to Scott’s misery: His office is facing a criminal investigation over missing e-mail; the federal government is suing the state over purging voters from the rolls; and the governor recently hired his third chief of staff in 18 months.
But, but, Romney ought to feel some sort of brotherhood with Scott, you know, seeing as how Scott was also a private equity guy:
Scott, 59, moved to Florida about a decade ago while he was running his own private-equity firm. A former chief executive officer of HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), a Nashville, Tennessee-based hospital operator, he was forced out amid a Medicare fraud investigation that resulted in criminal charges against the company. Scott, who wasn’t charged, said he did nothing wrong.
Adding……..You’d think voters would have clued into Scott considering that Medicare fraud investigation and the resulting criminal charges.