by Nick Stone and Ryan Reiter
No governor is going to please everyone. But does Governor Scott really have to make it quite so impossible for us to defend him at the grassroots?
For Young Republican activists, you bet that electing a Republican governor is a top priority. But what is the point of holding the Governor’s Mansion anyway if the man who occupies it doesn’t fight for the things we believe in?
Mr. Scott has flaked on Republican priorities several times now. Having already made a big mistake by backtracking on early voting changes, he made a worse infraction by giving President Obama his goody bag of Medicaid expansion in the Sunshine State.
This isn’t just a partisan concern. According to the Cato Institute, dumping more people into Medicaid will add 3 million Floridians to government rolls at a cost of $20 billion to Florida taxpayers. But we’re supposed to feel better because he promises not to implement a state insurance exchange?
That’s not going to cut it, Governor.
The last time the base was this irritated with a sitting Republican governor, it was when Charlie Crist picked teachers unions over students by vetoing Jeff Atwater’s education reform bill. Kowtowing to liberal special interests, he nearly crippled a delicate bipartisan legacy of improving education in our state.
This governor, who got his feet wet in Florida politics by standing against Obamacare, has apparently decided that selling our state and Party down river is an acceptable price to protect his own political future. Having consistently been the country’s least popular governor throughout his tenure, Scott has clearly decided to do or say anything he thinks people want to hear to save his own hide.
Didn’t Florida just get rid of a governor like that?!
We would like to know which parties were involved in this discussion and how the final decision came about. Who thinks this is a good idea for Florida? In a political climate ripe with disgust that politicians are ignoring the will of their constituents, it would be nice to feel that the governor is listening to the voters and not just the Obama goon squad.
War is young men dying and old men talking. Governor Scott, who has served in our nation’s Navy, is steering this ship full speed ahead into rough waters with a skewed political compass. Don’t be surprised if you see lifeboats hit the waters before he runs aground.
Surely we will continue to support our sitting Republican governor, but nobody had better ask us to defend his mindboggling recent moves. We will have a terribly hard time defending Governor Scott if he puts his own political future first at the expense of the rest of the Party, not to mention the taxpayers. We do, after all, have the rest of the cabinet and Republican legislators to re-elect too.
Governor, it’s time to come back to the reservation very swiftly. Otherwise, don’t expect us to move mountains for you in 2014. Not even $100 million could buy our loyalty in exchange for our principles.
Just ask Charlie Crist.