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Scott to unload Solantic amid ethics questions

by John Kennedy | April 13th, 2011

Republican Rick Scott has agreed to sell his family’s ownership of Solantic, the chain of urgent care health clinics miring him in conflict of interest questions, a spokeswoman for the governor said Wednesday.

Amy Graham said Scott expects to complete the sale by April 29 to Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a New York City-based private equity investment firm that is a minority shareholder in the company. Graham said Scott is selling his family’s 70 percent share for less than $60 million.

During his campaign for governor, Scott valued his share of the company at $62 million.

But in the deal, Scott apparently has had to walk away from his earlier pledge to bar Solantic from soliciting state contracts.

Brian Burgess, Scott’s communications director, said Wednesday that while the governor sought the prohibition, he has learned state law disallows such standards.

“Legal counsel has told us you can’t prevent people from bidding on contracts, Florida law takes precedent over any business agreement,” Burgess said.

But Burgess added, “The governor recognizes that he has to remain beyond reproach on this stuff.”

Scott’s interest in Solantic has clouded the governor during his first three months as chief executive, with concerns spiking after he called for drug-testing of state employees, a service the company provides.  Legislative proposals to overhaul Medicaid, which Scott also supports, could have caused the governor’s public role to collide with his private interests.

Scott said he has tried to be “transparent” on matters involving Solantic. Before he took office, Scott representatives met with Florida Commission on Ethics in December, a meeting at which no public records were created.

 Shortly after that meeting, the governor-elect’s Solantic shares were quietly moved into the Frances Annette Scott Revocable Trust, his wife’s account.

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6 Responses to “Scott to unload Solantic amid ethics questions”

  1. Scott Says:

    When I was at Lake Worth High in the 1970′s, the legislature and alot of local politicians were touting the great egalitarian ideal of “Government in the Sunshine” for all Floridians…
    What happened to that? Good gosh! It went out with Walkin’ Lawton and other old timers. Now it’s “government in the Shadows” or “Government in the Moonshine” (which is what they used to call California’s Jerry Brown…Governor Moonshine. Well, Rick Scott is Florida’s Governor Moonshine”)

  2. Unreal Says:

    Actually Governor Brown was called Governor Moonbeam! Moonbeam because all of the crazy hippies were voting for him. The moonbeam crowd.
    Now we have all of these religious right wingers, posing as Tea Party fiscal conservatives supporting Scott.
    We should call him Governor Insano, after his insane group of rabid citizens.

  3. Taxpayers Sue To Recover Lake County Housing Fraud Funds Says:

    The American Tax Payers Have Established “Probable Cause”

    United States ex rel Dobruck v. Lake County, No. 5:10 CV-79-OL-32 GRT

    (Tavares, Florida.) The Federal Lawsuit as identified above unquestionably establishes the first ground rule in any investigation for what is known as “probable cause.” A seasoned investigator must accomplish this first hurdle of qualifying a case before moving ahead with a just cause order for further action. This case reached that agenda beginning in 2007 just days after the Ground Hog Day Tornados swept devastation across central Florida. What followed thereafter poured the foundation for what lies ahead.

    The warranted need of prosecution was undeniably developed as the tens of millions of dollars in disaster relief began rolling into the open hands of Lake County Officials. This colossal case of alleged fraud is currently a civil action in laying the grounds for the recovery of millions funded by the American Tax Payers. However, it goes much further in magnifying the need for a criminal investigation. Probing deep into the heart of Lake County government and the officials who held the Tax Payers millions in disaster aid.

    This lawsuit holds the key of justice in opening the door of alleged corruption and mountains of repeated malfeasance. Previous disaster aide has been analyzed as well and certainly makes the call to federal and state authorities to “move in.” This case opens the door of truth as it embarks upon a journey into the valleys of alleged criminal activity.

    As the revelations of this case unfold before the eyes of the American Public, the encrusted deeds of Lake County Officials will be revealed one by one. As the thousands upon thousands of pages known as evidence are read within this recovery stage, a new journey for justice will quickly begin. Sheltered doors that have never been opened within the corridors of Lake County Officials will be ripped from their foundation and removed in establishing evidence “beyond reasonable doubt.” An embarked voyage for justice will travel the waters of prosecution for local officials for the first time. The call is made.

    This civil case was brought forth by the American Tax Payers and will be presented as such. But it also holds the key for another journey to begin in establishing a landmark investigation into the operations of Lake County Officials. Surely, the avoidance of further action will no longer go unmet by state and federal authorities. The mountain of evidence stretches high as it reaches for the peak of justice. The base of this mountain establishes “probable cause beyond reasonable doubt.” As the doors of justice swing open, a cleansing of malfeasance will soon begin. We pray for that day of righteousness.

  4. d Says:

    What?

  5. Ed Zackery Says:

    What your behind, if you can read you can understand! The fit has hit the shan in Lake County, Fl corruption cycles! That’s What! Millions of our federal tax dollars have been spent on friends and families of the well connected! And the largest taxpayer lawsuit filed in the history of Florida to recovery the losses on behalf of the taxpayers has been filed! That’s What!

  6. Barney Fye Says:

    The case number corrected is

    5:10-CV-79-OC-32GRJ

    Federal Lawsuit

    Filed in Ocala, Florida on February 26, 2010 and sealed until recently. Served upon Lake County officials on April 08, 2011 @ 0900.

    The Tax Payers Lawsuit.

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