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Chan Lowe: Rick Scott Inauguration


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This being the January right after the election, it’s time for Floridians to begin their four-year-long blind date with their new governor.

I say “blind date,” because we know so little about him.

To use a homely expression, we bought a pig in a poke—well, actually, he bought us to the tune of $3.89 of his own personal fortune for every man, woman, and child in the state.

In fact, you could probably march Rick Scott down any street in Florida and ask passersby who he was, and chances are they wouldn’t recognize him. You could even whisper a hint, like: “He’s the governor of a state,” and they might say, “Oh, YEAH…it’s Jesse Ventura after a year on Weight Watchers.”


We know no specifics as to how he will wrench the state out of its straits. We do know something about his business practices, but now isn’t the time to go and rehash tired old stories. We’ve already done that, and it didn’t make any difference. What we are left with is “Seven hundred thousand jobs in seven years,” and “Let’s get back to work.”

Actually, we did learn something new in the past few days. Gov. Scott is allowing a raft of high-powered special interests to foot the bill for his inaugural festivities. Outfits like Blue Cross Blue Shield, AstraZeneca, Wal Mart, AvMed, U.S. Sugar… I’m sure all they’re interested in is making certain that celebrants have the best possible time, but you’d think a guy who found a way to spend $72 million of his own money to get elected as an unfettered outsider could cough up a couple million more to convey the initial impression that he can’t be bought.

Gov. Scott says he’s going to run Florida state government like a business.

It’s beginning to sound like business as usual.


Categories: Florida Issues (258), Rick Scott (16)
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Lex Luthor


Sounds like Rick scott is already in violation of the Sunshine Law by accepting contributions/gifts from private organizations. Wake up Rick your not in private life anymore you serve the public now.


I like to think of him as Governor Nosferatu.


I prefer Skeletor


Very sad --- the peasants voted a corrupt man into office, because they want to be free to be corrupt.

This is one more sign of a declining society.


I must have missed Chan Lowe's complaints about the Obama Bashes. Or, is Lowe simply being selective with his complaints based on who he personally supported?

Bloomberg had a story on the Obama balls...


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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