Rick Scott continues to blow wads of cash in his campaign and this week the tab comes to $4.7 million on television ads alone, according to the St. Petersburg Times. So it looks like Eddie Haskell has out-spent Bill McCollum again.
It looks like Scott’s ego hasn’t suffered much either, although I did hear that he put some to sleep during a speech earlier in the week. While giving said snoozer, he was asked this question:
Scott was asked at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Tuesday whether he would follow the lead of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and donate half his wealth to charitable causes.
“Yeah Eddie, c’mon! You seem to be made of money. Surely you give lots to charity for worthy causes, huh?”
Answer? Depends on what your definition of “charity” or “worthy causes” is exactly:
“If you look at what I’m doing, I’m spending on this race,” Scott responded. “What we are doing with our success so far is trying to be active to try and improve what we believe are the most important things. Right now, for me, the most important thing is, I believe, it’s the time to elect an individual who has a business background to change the business in this state. That’s why I’ve invested in this campaign and why I continue to invest in this campaign, to try to change the direction of this state.”
See there? He running for Governor “as a gift to Florida” I suppose. “You’re welcome! (Now here’s 100 bucks kid. Get lost.”)
Oh, and speaking of “changing directions,” that must explain why Scott has changed directions in a debate with Bill McCollum. As in the opposite direction. Fleeing. Twice.
Yes, for the second time in a row, Rick Scott dumped poor Bill McCollum at the podium. Maybe he fears more subpoenas? Maybe. Or maybe Eddie just chickens out and sends his Momma instead?
The lure of the two candidates in one place generated a record turnout for the Boca Raton Republican Club, which organized the event.
Club president Margi Helschien said Scott’s staff had repeatedly confirmed his appearance, and did a walk-through of the venue earlier this week at the Boca Raton Marriott.
Helschein said Scott’s staff confirmed at 1 p.m. Thursday that he would be at the event. At 4 p.m., she got a call from the Scott campaign saying he was in the Panhandle and wouldn’t show up.
The campaign offered up the candidate’s mother, Esther Scott. Helschein accepted, figuring she could provide people with some insight into her son.
“What better person to know a candidate than their mother,” she said.
This should be good….bring it, Esther!
A loud groan emanated from the crowd when the announcement came that Scott wouldn’t be there. When his mother was announced as the surrogate, there was some laughter and polite applause.
She spoke for about two minutes.
Esther Scott explained her son decided to run for governor “after a great deal of prayer,” and that the campaign “is something he has been called to do.”
She vouched for her son the Eagle Scout. She also called him “an honorable and trustworthy man” and “a wonderful husband and father to my two beautiful granddaughters.”
Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Baker blocked access when a reporter tried to ask Esther Scott why her son didn’t show up. Then the campaign staff rushed her out of the hotel.
Oh please Esther, you’re going with Eagle Scout? Really?
Is it me, or can you just picture Bill McCollum practicing his best tough guy face in the mirror, trying to get up the nerve to say to Scott’s face “You can’t handle the truth!” and then being crushed after not even getting the chance to try it out?