NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTYFor Immediate Release: Sept. 1, 2010
Looking for Love: Why Don’t Florida’s Republicans Want to Be Rick Scott’s Running Mate?
As disgraced executive Rick Scott embraces the corrupt Tallahassee Republican establishment that spent millions of dollars calling him a “fraud,” his search to convince someone to be his running mate has hit more bumps than his train wreck press conference a few weeks ago.
First, Senator Paula Dockery, who many assumed to be the frontrunner to be Scott’s Lieutenant Governor, said she wasn’t interested in being Scott’s running mate. This admission started the stampede of Republicans on Scott’s shortlist to reportedly reject Scott’s advances. From Representative Anitere Flores, to University of North Florida President John Delaney, to Representative Bill Galvano, and even Representative Mike Weinstein, news reports of Republicans refusing to associate themselves with Scott are coming faster than Rick Scott taking the Fifth Amendment in a deposition.
“While we completely understand why Republicans are scared to be an accomplice to Rick Scott’s negative campaign, it is still surprising that so many Republican officials would rebuke Scott so publicly,” said Eric Jotkoff, spokesperson for the Campaign for Accountability 2010. “At the rate his choices for Lieutenant Governor are rejecting him, pretty soon the only candidate left for Scott will be indicted former Republican Chairman Jim Greer – actually, considering Scott’s record of overseeing the largest Medicare fraud in American history and taking the Fifth Amendment 75 times in one deposition, that sounds like a perfect match.”
Herald/Times: Flores says she’s not interested in being Scott’s LGhttp://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/08/flores-says-shes-not-interested-in-being-scotts-lg.html
Times/Herald: Delaney, Galvano not interested in LGhttp://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/08/scotts-search-for-a-no-2-could-head-to-i-4.html
Florida Times-Union: John Delaney will not be Rick Scott’s running mate http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/larry-hannan/2010-08-31/john-delaney-will-not-be-rick-scotts-running-mate
Florida Times-Union: Weinstein says he will not be Scott’s running mate http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-dixon/2010-08-30/weinstein-says-he-will-not-be-scotts-running-mate
Orlando Sentinel: Dockery: Won’t be Rick Scott’s running mate http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2010/08/dockery-wont-be-rick-scotts-running-mate.html
St. Petersburg Times: Paula Dockery not interested in being Rick Scott’s running matehttp://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/08/paula-dockery-not-interested-in-being-rick-scotts-running-mate.html
Tampa Tribune: Dockery says she’s not interested in LG position http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/news/story/dockery-says-shes-not-interested-in-lg-position/