'Unity' is the Byword for Florida Democrats Now

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 29, 2014 3:55 AM
Charlie Crist and Nan Rich

Charlie Crist and Nan Rich

The winners of Tuesday’s primaries for statewide office -- former Gov. Charlie Crist and former DCF Secretary George Sheldon -- crossed Florida on Thursday as Democrats insisted they were united in trying to take down Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi in November. 

Crist and Sheldon appeared in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale with other leading Democrats, including the candidates they beat on Tuesday night. Despite Crist refusing to debate her, former Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich appeared at the events to campaign alongside her primary rival. House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, campaigned alongside Sheldon who beat him in Tuesday’s primary. Other Democrats at the event included U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former Miami-Dade Democratic Chairwoman Annette Taddeo who is now Crist’s running mate.

Despite Crist having been a Republican for most of his political career, leaving the GOP in 2010 and joining the Democrats in December 2012, his fingerprints are all over his new party.  
“Florida Democrats in Orlando are fired up and ready to win in November," the Florida Democratic Party posted on Facebook on Thursday. “Floridians deserve a fair shot and the People’s Team will deliver!

Crist has been calling himself the “people’s governor” on the campaign trail, echoing his old employer trial lawyers Morgan & Morgan’s “for the people” slogan.

Despite her appearances with her former rival, Rich could not resist taking a final shot at Crist this week.

“Last night I spoke with Charlie Crist to congratulate him,” Rich posted on Facebook on Wednesday. “It was a brief call, I didn't feel like debating him.”

Rich offered more enthusiasm later on Wednesday in another Facebook post.

“Last night, I called Gov. Crist to offer him my congratulations,” Rich wrote. “He will now bear the Democratic standard in a contest where nothing less than the future of Florida is at stake. It will be a very tough fight to beat Rick Scott. Charlie Crist will need all of our support to win. He has mine.”

“As I traveled across our state these past two years, I met and spoke with thousands of Floridians -- thousands of working men and women, retirees, and students,” Rich added. “Not all of them were Democrats. But almost all of them shared a desire for making Florida better by investing in education and making health care available for everyone. The voters we reached believe in fairness and social justice for all. These are all issues Floridians care about. And they remain an important part of the dialog of this election.

“I entered this race to defeat Rick Scott and get Florida back on the right track. That is a goal to which I remain committed,” Rich noted. “Tomorrow I’ll be attending Democratic unity rallies in Orange County and Broward County. They will kick off the run to the general election – the run that, with your support, will make Rick Scott a one-term governor.”

Leslie Dougher, the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), was in Fort Lauderdale, throwing jabs at Crist.

“Voters should be asking Florida Democrats today why they are uniting behind Charlie Crist’s failed record of massive job losses, higher debt and education cuts,” Dougher said on Thursday. “Gov. Scott has cut taxes and reduced debt while Florida has added over 600,000 new private-sector jobs and invested in our schools at record levels. Florida Democrats are uniting behind Charlie Crist’s record of failure, but Floridians are going to unite against Charlie Crist on Nov. 4th.”

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Comments (8)

And they are trying to label Crist a Rothstein mob friend
4:00PM AUG 31ST 2014
In the late 1970’s Tampa-Miami mob boss Santo Trafficante, Jr. financed fellow Cuban mobster Miguel Recarey, Jr. to start up HMO, Inc. in Miami, Florida Soon it was flipped into IMC. The nation’s first largest Medicare scheme was concocted by Jeb Bush and his calls to HHS when his father was VP under Reagan for his partner Miguel Recarey, Jr. (IMC) called “International Medical Centers”. Recarey fled the country under indictment with over $2 million in IRS refunds made possible by Jeb Bush which he tried to share with GHW Bush’s 1988 campaign before fleeing. IMC was taken over by state regulators in mid-1987 and sold to Humana Inc., the company continued receiving more than $30 million in federal Medicare money each month to treat and care for Medicare patients. Humana rolled the IMC assets into Galen Hospital and packaged it for Jeb Bush to pick up along with the $30 million per month Medicare cash flow.
Jeb Bush calls in brother George W’s and his old friends and fellow Texas Rangers partners to pick up the Medicare scheme. Richard Rainwater who in 1984 hired Michael Eisner to run Disney in his leveraged buy out for the Texas Bass brothers. On the day the stock market crashed in October 1987, Rick Scott and Richard Rainwater each put up $125,000 to start a company to pick up these assets which would eventually be called Columbia Hospital Corporation. Now in 1987 along with Rick Scott with the help of Jeb Bush they were able to pick up the pieces of the South Florida HMO organizations of Miguel Recarey, Jr. (International Medical Centers) and their already organized and in progress Medicare Fraud establishment.

Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott: - Texas License Date: 11/06/1978 - Bar Card Number 17909700
was a partner with Johnson & Swanson (established in 1970) Rick Scott’s Dallas, Tx clients list included Tom Hicks and Scott became partner’s with Hicks and George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers. From then on it was Richard Rainwater, Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott and the Bush boys making bucks any was they could.

Tennessee US Senator Bill Frist and his brother Tommy Frist both doctor’s merged their HCA into Columbia and it was renamed Columbia/ HCA with Richard (Rick) Lynn Scott as CEO. We have all seen the video’s by now of Rick Scott taking the fifth seventy-five times to keep from incriminating himself. In 1997 the Frist’s brothers and other major stock holders including the Bush family Fidelity Mutual decided it was time for Rick Scott to go. Rick Scott left with millions of which every cent was derived of his criminal conspiracy to defraud the US taxpayers Medicare funds.

Columbia/ HCA was merged into Tenet Hospitals which was already controlled by Bush family stockholders. President - Fetter, Trevor, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202 declared he was serving on an interim basis. He continues that interim service to this day.

By May 2007 and after leaving the Florida governor’s office Rick Scott’s partner Jeb Bush salvaged control of their schemes and became the sole Director of Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he continues to “service” the taxpayers with Medicare Fraud, over billings and other such hospital related schemes on behave of the Bush family and their partners and friends they put in high places like Rick Scott.
Every word contained herein is factual. For those who are not to lazy to do their homework most of the facts and supporting corporate records can be found in public documents available online.
Donna Cay Tharpe
1:33PM AUG 29TH 2014
Why didn't you give Nan Rich this much space when she was running?!?!? It might've helped her win.
Donna Cay Tharpe
1:31PM AUG 29TH 2014
Pretty bad error in this story: See "House Minority Leader Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, campaigned alongside Thurston who beat him in Tuesday’s primary."
Kevin Derby
2:12PM AUG 29TH 2014
Thanks for the catch!
12:10PM AUG 29TH 2014
Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round, election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians. Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very powerful. Visit his website today
The Swampfox
8:54AM AUG 29TH 2014
Leslie Dougher the chairwoman for the RPOF, comments about Charlie Crist were taken out of context She accuses him of failed massive job losses, higher debt, education cuts, unethical dealings with felons. etc.

The Reason: That is Charlie's Platform!!! What you see is what you get!
6:48AM AUG 29TH 2014
Sorry Charlie you ain't gonna get to be Starkist!
Hugh Yonn
6:32AM AUG 29TH 2014
Did anyone notice 'voter turn out'?
In Broward County, 10%. Less than 20% statewide.

Voter apathy has become our worst enemy...and a politician’s dream…

The demise of Eric Cantor and defeat of pot prohibitionists in Colorado and Washington...those should put to sleep the notion that 'my vote doesn't count'...

Voting only works if people VOTE...and know who and what they are voting for…

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