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Day three on Scott’s bus tour: pancakes, puppies, caladiums and crooks

by Dara Kam | October 27th, 2010

A Rick Scott supporter in Okeechobee

Day three on Rick Scott’s week-long sweep through Florida took the candidate and his entourage to Okeechobee, Lake Placid, Daytona Beach and Lakeland. Scott ended the night with some last-minute check-gathering in Miami before fundraising closes on Friday.

At Scott’s first stop at a pancake breakfast in Okeechobee, a state worker who wouldn’t give her name asked the Republican about his plans to shrink state government.

She’s concerned about who’s going to get downsized – managers or worker bees like herself.

Scott gave her his standard line about running government more like a business, which assured the Okeechobee resident enough to say she was leaning toward voting for him.

“You know you’re getting a crook. He’s not lying about it. He’s admitted it. So you know what you’re getting,” she said, referring to the $1.7 billion in fines Scott’s company Columbia/HCA paid to the federal government shortly after he was forced out as CEO.

Later in the day, Scott visited Lake Placid, the caladium capital of the world.

Scott visited his campaign HQ in Daytona Beach and the Republican headquarters in Lakeland where he was joined by possible 2012 presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

As he has throughout the tour so far, Scott urged the party faithful to get themselves and their friends to the polls and vote.

Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S. Dak.

Early voting, which ends this weekend, heightens the significance of the meet-and-greets, campaign advisor Chad Colby said, because voters can cast their ballots immediately after visiting with the candidates.

“It’s what you have to do that last week to really get your message out and really drive people to the polls,” Colby said on a private jet between Lake Placid and Daytona Beach.

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7 Responses to “Day three on Scott’s bus tour: pancakes, puppies, caladiums and crooks”

  1. Zagare Says:

    One can only hope that Floridians are listening closely enough to this man to realize “there is no there….there”, and that Scott offers precious little style either.

    The more I hear him, the less he has shown me, and this is clearly not the time for Florida to invest time in a rookie politician…..just look as what happened when we put someone who was overmatched by the challenges into the White House two years ago.

    This is also not the time for people to be voting straight party line either…..if you value your vote, and if you still cherish the great state of Florida as I do, Sink is the only logical choice on November 2nd.

  2. Silent Scott Says:

    during the debates, he never answered a question…kind of like taking the could I vote for someone who never talks about his plans


  3. mike Says:

    …she was leaning toward voting for him. “You know you’re getting a crook. He’s not lying about it. He’s admitted it. So you know what you’re getting,” she said…

    wow. this is the quality of state workers. and scott supporters. wow.

    it’s so sad in so many ways.

  4. Scott is a Crook Says:

    His T Shirt Should Say I Can’t Stand the Fact that we have a Black Democratic President.

  5. DUNE DAWG Says:

    MOre DRD4 pablum from Komrade Dara Kam…berift of any basic journalism skills or integrity, going it alone on the YellowDog Journalism route!!

    Rick Scott left his company because the Board (Thomas Frist and other former HCA executives) did not want to investigate and respond as Scott did.

    Rick Scott arranged the purhase of Columbia in 1993, then purchased HCA in 1994. The GOVT claim allegations came out in 1997 and covered the period of 1987 thru 1994 – before Rick Scott could have had ANY knowledge of any improprieties.

    YES, Rick Scott sold his equity for over $300 Million, also agreed to a “consultant” parachute of $12 Million – that included the customary confientiality agreement.

    Scott had no knowledge and agreed to share his lack of that knowledge.

    Thomas Frist knew bragged to financial analyists he would settle for peanuts way down the road – civil allegations in 2001, criminal in 2003. ALL the Medicare bogus claim handling was REFORMED in 2003, all “48 fiscal intermediaries” replaced with professional 15 Medicare Admin. Contractors.

    Not one of the 70 individuals indicted were convicted of any crimes!! No Individual ever served a day in jail. Scott was neither investigated, nor charged with anything civil nor criminal.

    Facts make strange bedfellows for rabid progressive lefties abundantly supplied with DRD4 – such as Komrade Dara Kam!!

    Real newspapers would tell the truth and quit the YellowDog Journalism of knowingly publishing LIES to demean a private or public individual!!

  6. Phyllis Says:

    “this is clearly not the time for Florida to invest time in a rookie politician”

    I love this statement and couldn’t agree more. Now is the time to invest in someone who will run the state like a business, not as a politician. I’m going to take the plunge and vote for Scott.

  7. Unreal Says:

    Dune Dawg. Do you ever read the articles? Yesterdays article was positive toward Scott and his organized campaign, and compared it to the disorganization for Sinks campaign.
    You sound like an idiot as a conservative when you spout off half cocked all the time. Today and yesterday were not the first time.
    Unfortunately it is people like you that drove me to be independent. Scott is probably going to be the best candidate to fix a broken system, but he just might run into a logjam with the GOP leadership who will want to continue their typical escapades in the legislature.
    Our number one goal needs to be governmental reform and fiscal discipline, but ranting nonsensically isn’t doing the right any good, and further instills in lefties that most right wingers are unhinged idiots.
    I would be i am more conservative than you are, but at least i use that lump that is three feet above my rear end.
    Try it.

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