Clueless Rick Scott Campaign Compares LeBron James to Charlie Crist

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When LeBron James announced he's heading back to Cleveland, most high-profile Floridians responded with understanding and gratitude for what he accomplished here. Gov. Rick Scott, of all people, was one of the lone exceptions.

In a cheap attack that's as insulting to Floridians' intelligence as it is completely idiotic, his campaign responded to the news by churning out an email and some tweets comparing LeBron James to Charlie Crist.

Just hours after LeBron announced his decision through an essay on Sports Illustrated's website, the Scott campaign got to work and sent out an email to supporters with a Photoshopped picture of Crist and James.

"What do these guys have in common?" the caption asked. "They both ran away."

The image was then posted by the Republican Party of Florida's official Twitter account.

James, of course, spent four years in Florida and took the Miami Heat to four NBA Finals in a row and won two of them. Crist spent four years as Florida's governor enjoying astoundingly high approval ratings throughout most of his term before deciding (with the support of the Republican establishment, which is now backing Scott) to make an ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate.

Apparently, Scott's out-of-touch campaign totally misunderstood South Florida's character and assumed we'd all be painting LeBron as public enemy number one and decided to go hard with a cheap political attack.

The stunt proved to be more harmful to Scott's campaign than it was to Crist's.

Even prominent Republican operatives like Miami's Ana Navarro thought it was dumb.

Others on Twitter couldn't help but poke fun at the ridiculousness of the attack.

The tweet seems only more inexplicable when compared to a tweet from Marco Rubio, the guy who actually beat Crist in 2010.

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Kauo Oyo
Kauo Oyo

Crist can use this-"home is where the heart is..."

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a controversy over the company's business and  Medicare billing practices; the company ultimately admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million, which was the largest fraud settlement in US history; Scott however was not implicated and no charges were raised against him personally.

Scott’s tenure at Columbia/HCA

During Scott’s 2010 race for governor, PolitiFact fact-checked multiple claims related to his tenure at Columbia/HCA. Now, we’ll recap some of our earlier discussion of the investigation and fine.

Scott started what was first Columbia in 1987, purchasing two El Paso, Texas, hospitals. Over the next decade he would add hundreds of hospitals, surgery centers and home health locations. In 1994, Scott’s Columbia purchased Tennessee-headquartered HCA and its 100 hospitals, and merged the companies.

In 1997, federal agents went public with an investigation into the company, first seizing records from four El Paso-area hospitals and then expanding across the country. The investigation focused on whether Columbia/HCA had committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Scott resigned as CEO in July 1997, less than four months after the inquiry became public. Company executives said had Scott remained CEO, the entire chain could have been in jeopardy.

During his 2010 race, the Miami Herald reported that Scott had said he would have immediately stopped his company from committing fraud -- if only "somebody told me something was wrong." But there were such warnings in the company’s annual public reports to stockholders -- which Scott had to sign as president and CEO.

Scott wanted to fight the accusations, but the corporate board of the publicly traded company wanted to settle.

In December 2000, the U.S. Justice Department announced that Columbia/HCA agreed to pay $840 million in criminal fines, civil damages and penalties.

Among the revelations from the 2000 settlement:

• Columbia billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for tests that were not necessary or had not been ordered by physicians;

• The company attached false diagnosis codes to patient records to increase reimbursement to the hospitals;

• The company illegally claimed non-reimbursable marketing and advertising costs as community education;

• Columbia billed the government for home health care visits for patients who did not qualify to receive them.

The government settled a second series of similar claims with Columbia/HCA in 2002 for an additional $881 million. The total for the two fines was $1.7 billion.

On Scott’s 2010 campaign website, he admitted to the $1.7 billion fine, though the link is no longer on the site.

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Pete Gonzalez
Pete Gonzalez

And Rick Scott ran Away from Medicare fraud and a buncha dumbasses voted him to Governor...

Andy Gonzalez
Andy Gonzalez

Why are Dems so accepting of Crist and not Nan Rich, who is a proven Democrat?

Marilyn Rc
Marilyn Rc

Lebron did not quit...his contract was up, he made a decision.... get over it

Orlando Martinez Jr.
Orlando Martinez Jr.

Both were screw over by GOP tea party?.. Reagon would be so upset on what the party has become.. Sold out to NRA n lobbyist

Loretta Menth
Loretta Menth

lebron is an asshole all for himself and cavs r going to be sorry pooper pants crybaby wants all the attention. he is NOT A TEAM PLAYER AT ALL.CRAMPY PANTS POOPER

Loretta Menth
Loretta Menth

nobody important cares wtf james goes he sucks

Aileen Luck
Aileen Luck

Lester Sebastian Castro this is funny

SethPlatt
SethPlatt topcommenter

The only comparable between the two is how their fans, The Republican Party and The Cavs Fans, both turned their backs on their one time heroes. #GOPSUX

Mo Perlman
Mo Perlman

Lebron is a traitor, but Rick Scott is a fucking moron. WHOEVER VOTES FOR RICK SCOTT IS A COMPLETE DUMBASS.

Jay Roberts
Jay Roberts

Im not thrilled about him leaving but LeBron James made his choice time to move on

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Gotta love the double standard....when Cabron left the Cavs, it was all good....

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................but we still have JULIA TUTTLE !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........i guess you could ADD ted kennedy in that photo

(TED ran away from mary jo who was trapped in the car ted drove drunk off the chappaqquiddicckk bridge - remember !)

Barbie Soto
Barbie Soto

You guys weren't saying anything when he ran away from Cavs to join The Heat!!!!

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