Sunday, October 19, 2014

Is Gov. Rick Scott a Crook?

To listen to the Charlie Crist and the Democrat Party ads on radio and T.V., they are charging that Gov. Rick Scott is a criminal (the same charges were made 4 years ago, and he was elected). Is that a fair and reputable charge to level at Gov. Scott again in this campaign?

First off, Rick Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA which was fined by the federal government, $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud. The Crist ad mentions that, but never mentions that Scott was never questioned by the federal government and was never charged with a crime in that fraud case. Scott, at that time, said he had no knowledge of the fraudulent activity and said he would have acted to stop it if he had known. Scott was never charged with any wrongdoing.

Also in that ad by Crist, it mentions the fact that Rick Scott took the 5th Amendment 75 times in order to not to admit committing a crime in that fraud case.

Is that Charlie Crist ad true or not? Did Scott commit a crime and did he invoke his 5th Amendment right 75 times to avoid incriminating himself?

According to two prominent independent fact checking organizations,, and, they found that Scott was never officially asked questions by the federal investigator in the criminal case of Columbia/HCA and he was never charged with a crime. As to the 75 times that Scott took the 5th on July, 2000 (3 years after he left the company in 1997), it was in relation to a totally unrelated civil case between Nevada Communications Corp. and Columbia/HCA, with Nevada claiming that Columbia/HCA had violated the terms of a contract. It had nothing to do with the criminal case. Under advice of his lawyer in a deposition in the civil case, Scott exerted his 5th Amendment Constitutional right against answering questions in the pending case between Nevada and HCA. The ad in question, by Crist and the Democrats, does not make clear in which case Scott took the 5th. The ad implied that Scott took the 5th in the criminal case, which was totally and factually untrue.

So knowing the facts as they actually are, you could say that Gov. Scott was and is the victim of a knowingly untrue ad whose main purpose was to impugn the honesty and integrity of his character. This ad should be given “4 Pinocchio's” for outright deceit.

Vote for or against Gov. Scott on the basis of his performance in office, not on some deceitful ad put out by his opponent claiming that he is a cook. Maybe Charlie Crist was looking in the mirror?

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Bob Phillips said...

The deceitful Charlie Crist, the "Prince of Wilton Manors", doesn't even have the guts to come out of the closet and tell the people that he is bi-sexual. Why? Is he ashamed of his undercover lifestyle? He tells everyone how open he is on all topics and then goes back into the closet. You can't trust him.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean the Queen of Wilton Manor.