Aaronson says Scott pleaded fifth more times than Capone, terroristby Andrew Abramson | October 28th, 2010
Democratic County Commissioner Burt Aaronson is never one to mince words, and at a campaign event for Alex Sink on Thursday at Century Village, Aaronson railed against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott.
Sink, addressing an audience of senior citizens, repeatedly referred to Scott pleading the fifth amendment 75 times at a deposition regarding fraud at Columbia/HCA. Scott was CEO of Columbia, the company that was fined a national-record $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.
While the company was charged with fraud, Scott was never personally charged.
After Sink’s speech, Aaronson joked to the audience that Scott pleaded the fifth so many times, “I think he took a fifth (of liquor) at times. He was drunk.”
Aaronson then said Scott pleaded the fifth more times than notorious 1920s gangster Al Capone and Pakistani terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.