Tea Party Activist Runs On Republican Ticket For Florida Govenor

Who Runs Gov repors Rick Scott is running as a political outsider in a year that favors them, Scott delivered one of the biggest surprises of the 2010 primary season when he defeated former Florida Congressman and state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in the Sunshine State.

A former co-founder and CEO of hospital giant Columbia/HCA, Scott spent at least $50 million of his own money on the race to beat McCollum by a narrow three percentage points. After the unusually bitter race, however, McCollum didn’t immediately endorse Scott and it’s unclear whether he’ll ever do so. Miami Herald, Political Currents, Aug. 25, 2010(1)Miami Herald, Political Currents, Aug. 25, 2010

Despite the fact he had never run for office, Scott is a political player. He is the founder and primary funder of Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, which spent $20 million opposing President Obama’s health-care bill. Kortrem, Tristan, Slate.com, Rick Scott profits off the uninsured, Sept. 30, 2009(2)Kortrem, Tristan, Slate.com, Rick Scott profits off the uninsured, Sept. 30, 2009

He is also a controversial figure because as head of Columbia/HCA, the company was fined $1.7 billion after pleading guilty to overbilling the government. Scott was ousted in 1997 and settled in Naples, Fla., where he built a chain of walk-in clinics and jumped into the governor’s race at the last minute in April 2010. His Democratic foe is Florida CFO Alex Sink.

In His Own Words: “I know how to get results by holding people accountable.”

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