Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GOP puzzled by Gov. Rick Scott's isolation come up with novel idea to lure him out: an environmental award ... by gimleteye

Come out, come out, wherever you are! is the refrain of the child's game of hide-and-seek and it could also be appended to the news report from the Tampa Bay Times that reads like a parody from The Onion: a Republican foundation organized around what was once a state environmental agency, now lead by Miami developer connected to Jeb!, gives its annual award to the state's most anti-environmental governor, Rick Scott.


"Gov. Rick Scott as environmental champion? Yes, says foundation headed by developer" has state environmentalists laughing their heads off. This is a governor who axed the state land use planning agency, destroying decades of bipartisan consensus, who claimed victory for the Everglades after the state lost a ten year federal Clean Water Act lawsuit costing millions, who gives electric utilities free reign and Big Sugar whatever it needs while property owners adjacent to Florida's polluted estuaries fear deadly staph infections. Florida's iconic springs? Trashed. Water quality rules? Turned into narrative mush. Want to drill for oil or frack: just write a check to the GOP.

Rick Scott is going to walk on the moon before he gets good with the environment.

Today, a report by AP's Gary Fineout, "Florida Gov. Scott against at odds with Florida Republicans" sheds light on the award, in the context of a deeply strained relationship between court-penalized Republicans, shuddering at the prospect of having to draw fair districts, and an isolated governor.

What to do with a governor hunkered down in his coastal multi-million dollar estate from which he doesn't emerge, except to his private jet clutching talking points? Give him an environmental award! Cheer up his mysterious spirits, unknowable except to special interests and cronies.

To insiders, Gov. Scott does what is required. To Floridians, he is "Governor Gone".

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rodney Barreto's idea?

Geniusofdespair said...

Is that Rick Scott in shock for getting the award (on the Right)?

youbetcha' said...

That photo looks like an illustration for dumb and dumber?

Anonymous said...

Elections so do matter. Could have been Crist, we got Gov. Skeletor, environmental undertaker. So sad...he looks ridiculous in that monkey suit.

Anonymous said...

Such a sick joke. Why is Audubon sponsoring the "awards" ceremony? They should pull out and denounce the Scott administration. You can't keep making deals with the devil and not get burned.

Geniusofdespair said...

Audubon is sponsoring this charade?

Anonymous said...

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation is the citizen supported part of the FWC. Scott is the puppet master of the FWC. It makes perfect sense.