It should be no secret by now that Republican politicians are subservient to their donors, but rarely do they make it quite as obvious as GOP Senate Candidate Rick Scott did this week.
Former President George W. Bush will hold two fundraisers today for Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign, including a luncheon in Tampa.
So we asked Scott what he thinks about one of the lasting legacies of Bush’s presidency: the Iraq War. Does Scott think it was a mistake?
Scott’s response was … well, just read it.
“First off, President Bush is coming. He’s been a friend for a long time. I know he worked his tail off as president. One thing this country has got to do, they’ve got to fight for freedom worldwide. I know it’s very important to me that democracy continues to prosper around the world. And I, all of us, wish that there was more peace around the world and I know that’s what he tried for.”
So, who do you think Rick Scott will be representing if he is elected to the United States Senate? The people of Florida? Or his donors?
And donors aren’t the only possible conflict of interest Rick Scott has. He also has investments that look to influence his policy decisions:
As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried “an extremely high risk of overspending taxpayer dollars with no guarantee of economic growth.”
Now, the idea has returned — revived by All Aboard Florida, a Coral Gables-based company that has heavily supported Scott — and the governor has reversed course.
Scott said in June he believes a high-speed rail line from Orlando to Tampa is a good idea. He and his wife last year invested at least $3 million in a credit fund for All Aboard Florida’s parent company, Fortress Investment Group, according to recently disclosed financial documents.
Would a high-speed rail line be a good idea? Yes. Should that decision be based on whether or not Rick Scott has an investment in the company that would build the high-speed rail line? No.
If Rick Scott is elected and heads to DC, the swamp will definitely be getting a lot more swampier.