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Governor Rick Scott may have sealed his fate after a very public temper tantrum at last evenings gubernatorial debate in south Florida. Scott refused to take the stage for the first four minutes of the debate because he was upset that Charlie Crist had a small fan inside of his podium. You read that correctly. Governor Scott threw a temper tantrum over a fan.
The Scott campaign claimed Crist broke the rules of the debate, but that claim was contradicted by the Crist campaign, who provided a copy of the Candidate Letter of Agreement
both candidates signed.
It is quite amazing that a sitting governor wouldn't be aware of the terrible optics of refusing to take the stage on a televised because he was whining about something. Charlie Crist had the stage to himself for over four minutes and even got in a pretty serious dig about the governor taking the fifth amendment (in reference to the Governors recent refusal to answer questions over allegations of Medicare fraud at a company he used to own.) Scott took the fifth a reported 75 times in that deposition and even refused to admit that he started up the company. Last night's charade might wind up being more damning to him than taking the fifth 75 times.
The best part of the evening was when Scott's people were desperately trying to spin this as a positive development. They even had the audacity to say they didn't know if Crist was going to show up on the stage and that is why Scott waited to go on. That makes little sense considering Crist was on the stage by himself for over four minutes. How can you claim you were worried your debate partner wasn't going to show up when your debate partner was standing on the stage by himself?
What do you think of last nights episode? Do you think Scott sealed his fate and will be voted out of office or will Florida voters forgive him for acting so childish?