Democrats mock Scott with end of year report card — mostly ‘Fs’by John Kennedy | December 18th, 2013
Democratic activists and union representatives gathered outside Rick Scott’s Capitol office Wednesday to deliver an end-of-year report card to the Republican governor.
He failed. But Scott did get an A-plus for what Barbara DeVane of the Florida Alliance of Retired Americans called helping special interests.
“He gets an ‘F’ on helping the middle class this year,” DeVane said.
Despite back-to-back years of $1 billion increases in funding for education — not mentioned by Monday’s gathering — Scott “has not supported our schools,” Devane said. She cited Palm Beach County, where aging infrastructure led to some kids being held out of schools because of air-conditioning failures this fall, as an example of the governor’s lack of commitment.
The county’s school superintendent, Wayne Gent, has warned the school board the county could be $80 million short next year in meeting basic maintenance costs.
Scott wasn’t in his office Wednesday — with an appearance planned in Miami. But the shoddy report card, which included other ‘F’ grades in public health, employee management and job creation, was delivered to a receptionist in the governor’s office.
The dozen activists who gathered Monday had to make their way to the governor’s office through a Capitol rotunda growing increasingly crowded with holiday displays put up by atheists, others marking the winter solstice, and the latest, a ‘flying spaghetti monster’ created by those mocking the arrival earlier this month of a nativity scene.
The Florida Republican Party swung back, defending Scott’s record.
“These extreme liberals can continue throwing out false attacks like spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks, but the fact is that under Rick Scott nearly 441,000 private-sector jobs have been created, state-based education funding is at the highest level in Florida history, schools are improving, and the unemployment rate is dropping,” said Florida GOP spokeswoman Susan Hepworth.