Rick Scott

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Rick Scott
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Governor of Florida
Incumbent
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCharlie Crist (I)
Compensation
Base salary$130,273
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$67,488,953
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 1, 1952
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
ProfessionHealth care executive, lawyer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Scott (b. December 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois) is the current Republican Governor of Florida. He was first elected in 2010 on a joint ticket with former lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll. Scott won a narrow and closely watched contest with Florida's Democratic CFO, Alex Sink, in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] He was sworn into office on January 4, 2011, and his term will expire January 6, 2015. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Before becoming governor, Scott ran Solantic Corporation, a network of Florida urgent care centers, which he co-founded in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he owned a controlling share in America's Health Network, a media company later known as Discovery Health. He headed Columbia Hospital Corporation, a conglomeration of 340 hospitals, from its founding in 1987 to 1997.[1]

Scott is seeking a second term as governor in the 2014 elections.[2] Since late 2012, Scott has repeatedly been rated one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents of the 2014 election cycle.[3][4] Scott's preexisting concerns about re-election were compounded by the re-emergence of former Republican governor and state attorney general Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the August 26 primary. After a brief stint as an Independent, Crist's switch to the Democratic Party in early 2013 signaled ominously to the Scott campaign that the veteran politician was preparing a comeback bid. Recent polls indicate that if both Scott and Crist were to advance to the general election, the contest would be extremely close.[5]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Scott as the 20th most conservative governor in the country.[6]

Biography

Scott was born in Illinois, near Bloomington. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where his parents worked as a truck driver and a secretary for J.C. Penney. After high school, Scott spent one year in community college before deciding to join the U.S. Navy.[1]

He served for two and half years, much of that time spent abroad the U.S.S. Glover as a radar technician. Upon leaving the service, Scott attended the University of Missouri and went on to law school in SMU. He began his business career while in college, when he bought and revitalized two doughnut shops. After law school he joined Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas; at the time, the firm was the largest in the city.[1]

While a partner at Johnson & Swanson in 1987, Scott formed HCA Acquisition Company specifically to acquire Hospital Corporation of America and secured funding conditional on completing the acquisition. The initial offer was declined by HCA and ultimately withdrawn.

The next year, he formed Columbia Hospital Corporation and successfully acquired several Dallas area hospitals. Beginning in 1992, Scott and his partners bought a hospital a year for four years, including HCA, his former target. By 1997, Columbia/HCA was the largest healthcare provider on the glove, with annual revenues exceeding $23 billion.

But by then, an investigation begun by the New York Times had caught the eye of the federal government. The federal investigation uncovered evidence of fraud and the company ultimately paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott's departure from the company was part of the arrangement to avoid criminal charges. Scott relocated to Naples, Florida and founded Richard L. Scott Investments. Starting in 1998, the firm acquired numerous targets.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City

Political career

Governor of Florida (2011-Present)

Scott was elected Governor of Florida in 2010 on a ticket with Jennifer Carroll. His term ends January 6, 2015.

Issues

Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge
See also:2014 illegal immigration surge

In response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge, Scott wrote a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Health and Human Services Secretary. Scott complained about the lack of a system of notification to communities in place for when immigrants were placed there with sponsors or relatives.[7]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

On February 20, 2013, Scott joined the growing brood of reluctant Republican governors to declare his support for Medicaid expansion as outlined under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."[8] The controversial federal health care reform bill was passed in March 2010 to the dismay of many Republican elected officials, Scott included, whose disapproval crystallized into a legal effort to have the law overturned by the Supreme Court. The challenge was led by Scott's executive branch colleague, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. When the Court ultimately upheld Obamacare on June 28, 2012, Scott expressed his commitment to shun optional provisions such as expanding Florida's Medicaid rolls. But the prospect of having to put 3.5 million Florida patients into managed care plans under a federal action waiver convinced him to agree to a three year trial period for expansion, during which the federal government can absorb the costs of adding 1 million low-income Florida residents to the state's Medicaid rolls. "Three years is a reasonable period to judge just how well the expansion is working and to explore further reforms to improve cost, quality and access in health care -- both in the public and private markets."[9]

In Scott's appeal to the Republican-dominated Florida legislature to consent to a three year trial expansion, he pointed to the estimated $26 billion federal dollars Florida could receive in the next 10 years under the expansion. He also appealed to their sense of compassion, citing the significant portion of uninsured Florida residents who stood to become eligible for medicaid under the new requirements. Reversing his position on the expansion "is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care," Scott insisted.[9]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Scott was ranked number 12. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[10][11]

Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession
See also: Trey Radel#Controversy

Florida's 19th Congressional District Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[12][13] On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[12][14][15]

Scott called for Radel to resign on November 26, 2013. In a statement he said, "I agree with the party chairman. Look, Trey's going through some hard times. My prayers and my wife's prayers are with his family, but we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standard."[16]

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Scott's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Scott is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Scott received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 76 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[17]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[18]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott is running for re-election in 2014.[19] Since December 2012, reports from Governing and the Cook Political Report have rated the Florida governor's race as a "toss-up," meaning Scott is one of the most vulnerable governors up for re-election in 2014.[20][21] Scott is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Polls

Three-way matchup

Florida Governor three-way matchup
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)Adrian Wyllie (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
July 17-21, 2014
39%37%9%12%+/-2.81,251
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Crist vs. Scott

Crist vs. Scott (June 2014 - present)
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Cherry (R-Florida Chamber of Commerce)
June 11, 2014
38%41%21%+/-3.5806
SurveyUSA/WFLA-TV
June 20-23, 2014
41%42%8%+/-3.5541
Gravis Marketing
June 20-23, 2014
39%41%15%+/-3.01,232
Survey USA/WFLA-TV
June 30-7/2
43%45%5%+/-3.4558
Survey USA/WFLA-TV
July 17-21, 2014
46%40%6%+/-3.5564
Quinnipiac University
July 17-21, 2014
45%40%9%+/-2.81,251
AVERAGES 42% 41.5% 10.67% +/-3.28 825.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Campaign media


Navy - Posted to YouTube 4/16/14

Ran Away - Posted to YouTube 4/24/14

Grandpa - Posted to YouTube 5/16/14

Spanish-language campaign ads


Oportunidad, Scott's 1st Spanish-language campaign ad - Posted to YouTube 4/21/14

Nos Abandonó, Spanish-language version of Ran Away- Posted to YouTube 5/6/14

Race background

Republican incumbent Rick Scott is seeking a second term as governor in 2014.

Sources such as Governing, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, The Washington Post and Daily Kos have consistently rated Scott among the top five most vulnerable gubernatorial incumbents facing re-election in 2014.[22][23][24][25]

In June 2013, ex-Florida Sen. Nan Rich became the first Democratic candidate in the race. She was later joined by former governor and newly minted Democrat Charlie Crist, whose candidacy looms threateningly over Scott's re-election campaign. [26][27][28]

Long affiliated with the Republican Party, Crist's first party switch occurred in 2010, when, after losing the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio, he became an Independent as a way to preserve his candidacy into the general election. Crist's latest party makeover in the fall of 2013 was widely interpreted as a strategic maneuver aimed at helping him unseat Scott in 2014.[29]

As the Crist story unfolded and media coverage about Scott's struggles increased, a slew of other lesser-known hopefuls began filing for the office, mainly from third parties and independents. By October 2013, there were over twenty hopefuls were actively petitioning for a place on the primary or general election ballot.[30] When the filing window finally closed on June 20, 2014, the number had dropped to—a still a remarkable—eighteen qualified gubernatorial candidates. The Republican field settled to three, including Scott, while the Democratic field remained at two. Sole Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is headed directly to the general election, along with nine write-ins and three candidates with no stated party affiliation.[31]


2010

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Scott won election as Governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Bill McCollum and Mike McAllister in the August 24 primary, winning with 46.41% of the vote.

Scott faced Democrat Alex Sink in the general election on November 2, 2010, winning by just over 1%.[32]

Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Jennifer Carroll 48.9% 2,619,335
     Democratic Alex Sink/Rod Smith 47.7% 2,557,785
     Independent Peter L. Allen/John E. Zanni 2.3% 123,831
     No Party Affiliation C.C. Reed/Larry Waldo, Sr. 0.4% 18,842
     No Party Affiliation Michael E. Arth/Al Krulick 0.3% 18,644
     No Party Affiliation Daniel Imperato/Karl Behm 0.3% 13,690
     No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Darcy C. Richardson 0.1% 7,487
     Write-in Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis 0% 121
Total Votes 5,359,735
Election Results Via: Florida Department of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $67,488,953 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[33]

Rick Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Florida Not up for election $0
2010 Governor of Florida Won $67,488,953
Grand Total Raised $67,488,953

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll's donors each year.[34] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Rick Scott, his wife Ann, and their three children live in Naples, Florida. He and Ann have been married since 1972; the two met in high school.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Florida Governor's office, "Meet Governor Scott," accessed September 13, 2012
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
  3. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races," May 24, 2013
  4. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  5. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  6. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  7. Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
  8. The New York Times, "In Reversal, Florida to Take Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion," February 20, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Governing, "Florida GOP Gov. Scott Endorses Medicaid Expansion," February 21, 2013
  10. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  11. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession," accessed November 19, 2013
  13. Heavy.com, "BREAKING: Florida Rep. Trey Radel Charged With Cocaine Possession," accessed November 19, 2013
  14. Huffington Post, "Trey Radel Arrested In October For Possession Of Cocaine," accessed November 19, 2013
  15. Politico, "Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession," November 20, 2013
  16. USA Today, "Fla. Gov. Scott says Rep. Radel should resign," accessed November 27, 2013
  17. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  18. On The Issues, "Rick Scott Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  19. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
  20. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  21. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014
  22. University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top gubernatorial races," September 27, 2013
  24. Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings: Initial ratings for 2013-14," October 6, 2013
  25. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
  26. The Sun Sentinel, "Charlie Christ Announces Candidacy For Florida's Governor, As A Democrat," November 4, 2013
  27. Politico, "Ex-GOP Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist to run for job as Democrat," November 1, 2013
  28. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  29. The Hill, "Charlie Crist joins Democratic party ahead of gubernatorial election," December 8, 2012
  30. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed October 7, 2013
  31. Florida Division of Elections, "Candidate Listing for 2014 General Election - Governor," accessed July 22, 2014
  32. Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election," accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
  33. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Richard L. Scott and Jennifer Carroll, Jr.," accessed July 8, 2013
  34. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Crist (I)
Governor of Florida
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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