Politics

Hits Fly over Obamacare, Adam Hollingsworth in Governor's Race

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: December 10, 2013 3:55 AM
Lenny Curry, Adam Hollingsworth, Allison Tant

Lenny Curry, Adam Hollingsworth, Allison Tant

While Florida is getting ready to celebrate Christmas, there is little peace or goodwill in the Sunshine State’s politics as leaders from both major parties get ready for the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Let’s Get to Work, a PAC affiliated with Gov. Rick Scott, is going on the attack, hitting former Gov. Charlie Crist for his support of President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. Despite spending most of his career as a Republican and only joining the Democrats at the end of 2012, Crist is the favorite for his new party’s nomination to challenge Scott in 2014.

On Monday, Let’s Get to Work released a Web video showing clips of Crist expressing his support for Obama’s law. The new video hits Crist for backing the law and shows the former governor hugging Obama. Back in 2009, Crist, then the governor and a Republican, supported Obama’s federal stimulus and hugged the president during an appearance promoting it. During his Republican primary fight with Crist to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Marco Rubio used that moment to hit the then-governor. Not only did Rubio pass him in the polls in 2010, Crist abandoned the GOP to continue his Senate bid with no party affiliation.

Besides getting support from his PAC, Scott continues to have the support of the GOP leadership in Florida. The leader of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), a Scott ally, took the latest in a series of shots against Crist.

"Charlie Crist’s unwavering support of Obamacare and its disastrous effects on the 300,000 Floridians that are losing their current health insurance plans is alarming," said Lenny Curry, the chairman of the RPOF on Monday. “Plain and simple, Florida cannot afford Charlie Crist and the liberal Obama agenda."

But while Republicans were looking to hit Crist on Obamacare, Democrats are increasingly playing up a new line of attack in going after Adam Hollingsworth, Scott’s chief of staff. Hollingsworth, whose name surfaced as a potential lieutenant governor in recent days, is under fire after revelations emerged last week that he lied about his college education during his previous employment in the private sector.

With Scott, for the moment, still in Hollingsworth’s corner, Allison Tant, the chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party, is turning up the heat.

“Rick Scott was unaware his top aide had lied for years, and when told, did absolutely nothing about it. This is another unfortunate example of Scott and his allies acting as if the rules every other Floridian must follow don’t apply to them,” Tant said over the weekend. “Even worse, Rick Scott’s casual acceptance of this incident cheapens the hard work of every Florida student who has sacrificed to earn a college education. How can Scott expect citizens to trust him if he permits this kind of behavior in his office? Floridians deserve better.”




Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.


Comments (3)

William
12:37AM DEC 13TH 2013
The "poll" shows 85% vote "yes" Gov. Scott should fire Holllingsworth for lying on his resume. Yikes! (Like none of y'all have ever lied on YOUR resumes.) Where's that "Christian charity and forgiveness" I'm always hearing about?
Dean Franklin
8:53AM DEC 10TH 2013
So, when Charlie grew up, he became a democrat. He put aside the foolishness republicans are still blathering. He became an adult that may well get some things done. This state has suffered under republican rule for almost 2 decades.Time for a change.
Dean Franklin
8:52AM DEC 10TH 2013
So, when Charlie grew up, he became a democrat. He put aside the foolishness republicans are still blathering. He became an adult that may well get some things done. This state has suffered under republican rule for almost 2 decades.Time for a change.

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