Florida Gubernatorial Race: Cheating and Halfhearted Endorsements

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott watches his rival Alex Sink like a hawk during a commercial break in Monday’s debate. A makeup artist shows sink a text message, a violation of the debate rules.

The message was from an aide. Sink swears she didn’t read it. She fired the sender.

“When I learned what had happened and got to the bottom of it I took accountability and held the person responsible for the cheating accountable and he’s no longer with my campaign,” said Sink.

But the text may not have been the worst gaffe of the night. When asked by the moderator what Florida’s minimum wage is, both candidates got it wrong.”

Scott answered $7.55 cents. Sink agreed. It’s actually $7.25. The mistake makes both candidates look out of touch, but despite the gaffe, party support hasn’t waivered. Scott’s Primary rival Bill McCollum quietly endorsed him this weekend but still won’t vouch for Scott’s checkered past.

“No comments. Nothing I said during the campaign has changed as far as the comments that I made,” said McCollum.

And it’s that record Sink is trying to exploit as the race to the finish line begins its final leg. And of course Scott is trying to link questionable business practices at Bank of America to Sink while she headed up the Florida branch. He also blames her for the pension fund losing value, even though it was one of the top performing pension funds in the country.


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  • by truth Location: fl on Oct 27, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    if you cheat on live tv what will happen when they are alone??????
  • by larrylwynn@comcast.net Location: perry fl on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    Politicians,parties,but,a'crook',is still a,'crook',and scott is not only a,'crook he also a liar,this is known long before his run for governor.
  • by DEC on Oct 27, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    Politicians are all the same no matter the party. Say and do whatever it takes to get elected then once in office business as usual. As was said earlier, government for the people no longer exists. It is government for the political party.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Danno - Actually the makeup artists were not CNN's. Part of the contract was that both candidates could only have their makeup artist backstage, no other aides.
  • by Cristian Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Honest individuals with morals and values aren't interested in jumping into the sewage known as politics. Government by the people and for the people is out the window, folks. Politicians are so wrapped up in themselves they don't care about anything but WINNING! Obama threw all his promises out that same window after the election. He's just another talker. That's standard political operating procedure these days. These people are making a mockery of democracy and America. Vote anything but Dem or Repub. Another election with a "None of the Above" ballot! 2012 will be interesting if the parties don't self-destruct before then. How's that "Change" working for you? God Bless America, PLEASE!
  • by Danno Location: Tally on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Penny, the makeup artist probably worked for CNN, which televised the debate. Sink couldn't fire her in that case.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    30 cents off is a major gaffe? Didn't bother me, I understood their point. If that is all that Ms. Ray took from the debate I feel sorry for her. Ms. Sink claims she didn't read the message, but if I remember correctly she used the message verbatim after the commercial break. I remember it because she referred to herself as 'Alex Sink' and not 'I'. I thought it strange as to how she worded it and then the next day the actual message was made public and then I put it all together.
  • by JM on Oct 27, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    Most of the candidates in both parties are wealthy elitists who think the rules don't really apply to them. Not to say that they aren't miles apart philosophically - they are. So you have to decide: Do you want a liberal sociopath or a conservative one? Sounds like a question Clint Eastwood might ask someone at gunpoint!
  • by Anon on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:10 AM
    Anonymous- ALL politicians are criminals. Don't kid yourself.
  • by penny on Oct 26, 2010 at 07:50 PM
    Why didn't she fire the makeup artist who actually showed her the message?
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