Every day it becomes more clear that today’s Republican Party have very few principles, have thrown ethics out the window, and there are no adults left to keep the GOP house in order. They have become the GOP-Tea Baggers. It’s like the old saying about the inmates taking over the asylum.
It’s no different in Florida than it is nationwide. The Republican Party will take anyone they think can get elected. It started in 2008 with Sarah Palin, and it’s spread like a disease through the party. (And they were no picnic before.)
In Florida you need look no further than the current races. Long-time and loyal Republican Charlie Crist wasn’t quite a crazy enough cup of tea for the “baggers” so the Republicans went with a dumbed down version in Marco Rubio, overlooking his scandals and his fiscal irresponsibility with Party credit cards and such.
Then there’s Rick Scott. Sure, the party went with the old stand-by Bill McCollum who showed some promise in the Tea Bagger Department because he went around saying “Obamacare!” a lot and was suing to protect the citizens of Florida from getting the health care they deserve. Floridians liked the new health care legislation, but that didn’t matter because conventional wisdom in Tea Bagistan was “get your hands off my health care!” When Florida voters showed McCollum the door during the primaries, what did the Republican Party of Florida do? Well, they quickly developed a case of selective amnesia, disappeared the ads where men dressed as doctors chased Rick Scott around in a clown car shoving signs at him that said “Release The Deposition!” Within a few hours of primary, Republicans in the State were saying “Deposition? What Deposition?” There is now one lonely member of the GOP in Florida who hasn’t begun sucking up to Rick Scott and his deep pockets: Bill McCollum.
The latest from the land of the GOP suck-ups is floating around in the form of a letter from that very group, and it’s yet more proof that the Republican Party Of Florida’s slogan should be:
“Put An “R” On A Turnip And We’ll Nominate It!”
I’ve never seen grown men and women bowing down to vegetables, but I’m guessing this might come close.
Back in August, a group of Republican legislators in Florida wrote a letter to Rick Scott asking him to release that deposition, along with any other documents he might have in the lawsuit against his current company, Solantic. (Not to be confused with his former company, Columbia/HCA which was fined for medicare fraud.) They asked that he do this in the name of (cough, cough) “transparency.” They charged him with being a liability to the party, and if he refused, they asked him to withdraw from the race.
Of course, Scott did neither thing, and he won the primary. McCollum was out, and Scott was left. What to do when faced with such a dilemma?
Well, transparency “pot” meet the “Party Of Cellophane.”
Seven of those legislators who just a little over a month ago all but begged him to get out of the race have now decided that, alleged Medicare fraud and missing depositions and documents aside, he’s got an “R” behind his name, and he’s loaded. “We’ll take him!” But they didn’t just take him. They signed up as co-chairs to his campaign.
From the St. Petersburg Times:
Of the dozens of campaign co-chairs Republican Rick Scott touted in his press statement last night, seven of them were among a list of legislators who called on him just a month ago to release his “secret” testimony in the Solantic case or “withdraw from the race” because “you will become a liability.”
Oddly enough, that “press statement” seems to have gone missing from the internet. Curious…Not to worry though, the letter has not, and you can read it here.
As for those seven members who went from pretending to be pillars of ethics in the name of the Party a little over a month ago, to downright transparent themselves, and NOT in the good way, here is the list:
Sen. Joe Negron
Rep. Clay Ford
Rep. Alan Hays
Rep. Dave Murzin
Rep. Scott Plakon
Rep. Trudi Williams
Rep. Ritch Workman