Does Rick Scott Hate Fat People and Hispanics?

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Rick Scott's 2010 campaign was such a Tea Party-assisted, out-of-nowhere effort that many Floridians barely had time to fully comprehend his past. Well, this time around Democratic groups have ample time to remind voters of the governor's checkered business past.

Democratic political committee American Bridge is out with a new ad reminding people of the time Scott faced a lawsuit for discriminatory hiring practices against Hispanics and larger-sized people.

Scott made his money as CEO of Hospital Corporation of America, a company that ended up paying $1.7 billion in fines to the federal government. After he was ousted from HCA he started Solantic, a chain of walk-in health care clinics.

Solantic was hit with a series of lawsuits claiming discriminatory hiring practices. Some of the suits claimed that the policies were initiated by Scott himself. Among those Scott allegedly did not want to hire: overweight women, Hispanics with strong accents, older women, and black women.

All of those suits ended up being settled, with none going to court. Solantic never admitted to any wrongdoing.

The new ad featured Dr. David Yarian. He worked as a regional medical director for Solantic.

"Scott directly told me fat people could not work for us," stated Yarian. "When I wanted to hire a Hispanic individual, who I was extremely well qualified, who I like, I was told I could not hire him because the Hispanic accent was too strong."

"During a staff meeting that Rick Scott was at there was a comment made that the people working at Solantic had to be mainstream," he continues. "I was very concerned for the potential for that to be discriminatory."

According to the Buzz, the Scott campaign was quick to strike back. The claimed Yarian was fired for taking freebies from pharmaceutical companies. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was quick to try and neutralize the anti-Hispanic claims.

"The facts are simple -- Charlie Crist drove our economy into the ground as Governor and then he ran away," said the lieutenant governor. "I am insulted that he would resort to using the Hispanic community as a pawn in his sick, desperate game to regain a position that he chose to abandon in 2010 in pursuit of his self-centered goals."

Crist's campaign is not behind the ad.

Yarian's claims are nothing new. He's been making them since at least 2009. At the time, Scott's countered the argument not by saying that Yarian was fired, but that he was a "one disgruntled former employee who left the company after only four months."

Nor is Yarian the only one who claimed discriminatory hiring practices at Solantic. Seven people ended up suing Solantic for discrimination. Those lawsuits were combined and quickly settled. The settlements prohibit the plaintiffs from speaking publicly.

It's not like any of this information is new. We briefly noted them here in the first thing we ever wrote about Scott, and yet Floridians still elected him into office.

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23 comments
Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Oh please, Rick Scott is an excellent governor! Let's re-elect him!

Chris Prout
Chris Prout

I'm guessing Tony is either trolling, or pissed bc he still lives in moms basement.

Carlos A Salazar
Carlos A Salazar

Juan Carlos, no offense man as I am hipanic too. But don't you think you're contradicting yourself a bit calling white people racist and generalizing them yourself as if that solves anything? I get that you're angry for some reason but dude if you're gonna talk about race you need to realize people exactly like you are the root of the problem. Leave color out of it. There's good and bad in every race and plenty of bad hispanics too. Hell I'm hispanic and i felt ashamed and offended. The particular race/color problem will only end when we start seeing only one color, human.

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Politics = Polished Tricks. It's all about the the $$$$. This country is a business. Remember that. US Of A Incorporated.

Darlene Grant
Darlene Grant

He hates all americans if he dont get his way. He needs to find his own country, he got enough of money to buy his own island.

Tony Drucci
Tony Drucci

^^ hypocrite racist. In case you delete, here is what dipshit said - "Juan Carlos "That's been the history of this racist country. Greedy, miserable, jealous, ugly, hating white trash. And still blacks and Hispanics have run right over you crazy people. We've proven that we're better people than you white angry devils over and over again. No hate in our hearts."

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

He kisses our Cuban asses all the time. Sucking up cause he knows where the money and political power is.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

All you have to do is look at his face and see the devil in him. He can never keep a straight face and his eyes want to pop out.

Tony Drucci
Tony Drucci

Juan the fucking moron is a hypocrite racist. Read his words of "angry white devils" . What a dipshit. In guessing pot smoker as well.

Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos

That's been the history of this racist country. Greedy, miserable, jealous, ugly, hating white trash. And still blacks and Hispanics have run right over you crazy people. We've proven that we're better people than you white angry devils over and over again. No hate in our hearts.

Stacy Smith
Stacy Smith

I can't wait to vote this guy OUT in November!!!

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Of course he does. The whole Venezuela propaganda ploy he's threading with Rubio is a propaganda ploy to get votes. Don't vote for this buffoon come election time, but don't vote Democrat either. Vote for a small party candidate who has no influence by corporate wealth. Grassroots shit. I don't care if they're white, black, Hispanic, gay, straight... the only thing that should matter is that they love their country and want to help the people. American patriots. Republithugs and Democraps are not patriots.

Macy John
Macy John

No, he just hates freedom. Vote Libertarian!

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Does the MNT hate all Republicans?

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