The editorial board of the St. Pete Times wrote last weekend of Scott's handpicked former chief of the Office of Financial Regulation: "... Grady's actions suggest he saw his job as advancing Scott's plan to shrink government's size and influence and put friends in high places. For instance, Grady replaced a veteran division director with Greg Hila, an unqualified chiropractor-turned-real estate agent who played golf with Scott. And Grady's grand idea for boosting investigations into securities fraud was to establish an "all-volunteer" advisory council of securities lawyers to hunt and report on the wrongdoing they see. Never mind that lawyers who represent clients often have professional obligations to keep quiet."
At the Republican National Convention, Gov. Scott is sure to have time to explain.
(Martin Short, who did a guest turn for the cable TV series "Damages", is lined up to play former OFR Chief Grady, in a made-for-TV drama on mortgage fraud in Florida with fictionalized versions of Grady and Scott. The plot line could go along the line of the St. Pete Times editorial conclusion: "Grady saved the state a few million dollars at OFR, but he may have cost Florida's victims of financial fraud even more. By closing so many regional offices, Grady made it harder for the agency to effect a statewide presence and provide victims with locally delivered relief. Yes, it's smaller government — but it's also government doing less to protect financial consumers and investors.")