Rick Scott Fails at Being Florida's First Black Governor

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"I grew up probably in the same situation as you guys," Rick Scott said yesterday while addressing a group of state legislators. "I started school in public housing. My dad had a sixth-grade education."

That would have been fine if he was speaking in front of a group of lawmakers who started school in public housing and had fathers with sixth-grade educations, but instead he was speaking to a group of black legislators. The inference that all African-Americans grew up poor understandably has some upset.

"He assumed that everyone [in the room] was poor and that can only be because you're black," Rep. Betty Reed of Tampa told the Times/Herald.

"Some of us might be from the projects, but we come from all spectrums of life," said Rep. Joe Gibbons of Hallandale Beach.

Perhaps Scott's choice of words might have been excused had he not taken every opportunity in the rest of the meeting to disagree with the black caucus.

The Times/Herald reports Scott refused to compromise on his plans to "end state support for two historically black colleges, to abolish a state office that helps minority-owned businesses get state contracts and to lower unemployment benefits and health care funding for the poor."

He also refused to appoint more minority judges and officials, saying, "If you think I'm going to pick someone who's different from my judicial philosophy, it's not going to happen."

Perhaps Scott thought his comments wouldn't be so controversial considering author Toni Morrison deemed President Bill Clinton America's first black President, writing that Clinton was "blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas."

Perhaps Scott thinks he's Florida's first black governor, who knows?

Of course, Morrison was a bit premature in her appraisal, but at least Clinton actually made it a point to appoint black leaders, and listen to and compromise with the community.

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C L
C L

It's amazing! The more he speaks, the more he shows just how much of an idiot he is! Keep up the good work Rick! Ha!

new guy
new guy

Rick Scott is an incompetent, visionless, thief. We should do everything in our power as FL voters to force a recall, and vote him out of office.

TP
TP

Bella- you miss the point. Don't you think it's strange for Scott to assume that all minorities have a different ideology than his own? So there aren't any conservative minorities out there?

rickc, what a short-sighted and typical tea-party response. Maybe you should see it for what it is: a job growth engine, an investment in the future, environmentally-friendly, and facilitator of traffic decongestion. High-speed rail will be a necessity in the future of this state.

bella
bella

(He also refused to appoint more minority judges and officials, saying, "If you think I'm going to pick someone who's different from my judicial philosophy, it's not going to happen.)

So Rick Scott should appoint a judge because they are a minority - not because of their ability? So you would appoint someone based on skin color or ethnicity - even if they went against your judicial philosophy? This is by far the most ridiculous "article" I've read in a long time.

Eglegal
Eglegal

The point isn't that he should appoint people based on the fact that they are a minority. It is the obviously mindless assumption that any minority would have a different judicial philosophy that him.

rickc
rickc

High speed rail? Really? So where is the State of Florida going to come up with the required $280M in matching funds?

4sense
4sense

Ummm...public private partnerships? Foreign consortiums who have already indicated interest in providing construction and operating cost guarantees? But hey, follow your governor's shining example and don't worry about reality, the facts or the future. Send the money to us in California and we'll take away your emotional burden.

TP
TP

This guy is the absolute worst. How many fuck-ups can he manage? The budget, the pill-mill database, this racist gaffe, and he just announced that he won't accept fed funds to build the high-speed rail. He is a digusting individual.

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