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Chan Lowe: Rick Scott's crummy poll numbers


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We voted for him because he spent so much of his own money on media buys that he practically became a member of our families during those last weeks and months before election day in 2010.

After that assault, we⎯being Floridians⎯connected the arrows on our ballots for him because we’d heard of him more than his opponent. We knew almost nothing about him, except for a few cries in the wind about some shady Medicare stuff in his past. Nothing, that is, except his catchy slogan, “Let’s get to work!”

Sounds good enough to me, we all said with a shrug before heading back to Dancing With The Stars with our bowl of pork rinds.

Now, ten months later, surprise, SURPRISE! We don’t particularly care for him. He’s done a lot of boneheaded things, like resist a prescription drug database until he was forced to establish one. And refuse government money for a high-speed rail system that would have brought a lot of jobs to the state. And require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing at great expense, when statistics show their incidence of abuse is below the state’s average (probably because they can’t afford drugs, Duh.)

My journalistic colleagues, after finally being allowed to meet with Mr. Scott (he refused to visit editorial boards as a candidate), have come away with the impression that he is a lightweight who is out of his league. Since he has no previous experience, he makes stupid mistakes because he doesn’t know any better.

Gov. Scott’s incompetence is not his fault. It’s the fault of the voters of the state of Florida. Next time, we might want to do our homework.

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Rick Scott was elected because the other party's canidate was a bigger loser than he is. Alex Sink?! for crying out loud, the only qualification she had was wife of former loser Democrat canidate.
Need an example? See Obama/McCain presidential race. I fact, look at any of the last five or six presidential races, it's Tweedeldum ot Tweedeldumber.


Maybe the people have finally woken up. But if you think that Scott's ratings going into the toilet will make people vote Democrat next year, probably not.


We have had Repulican Governors the last 16 years. Alex Sink looks 100x better than this guy. At least she was the CFO of FLorida and she saw what was going and people forgot to mention that who was on the pension comittee, there were 4 other parties who were memebers there and who were REPUBLICANS, and their vote weigh heavier then her's, and she had a proven record of saving FLORIDA from falling in debt. She was not responsibile for jobs, but was responsible for keeping FLorida funds on top not sinking. and save billions of pension funds and cut in wastful spending. You cant compare her to her husband who picked an dumb a** Lt.Governor. That was his mistake. At least she had a better choice. Scott's mistakes is hugh, while her's, you didnt know about it until she ran for Governor, and not one person who worked for her from BOA didnt even complained about her. Because it wasnt her who made the awful decision, at least she spent hours looking for employment for those who got laid off. What employer would do that for you?


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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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