Cheating and Halfhearted Endorsements

A text message sent during last night’s debate is creating a stir in Florida’s governor’s race. Notes to candidates are banned, but during a commercial break a makeup artist showed Democrat Alex Sink a text message. It wasn’t the worst gaffe of the night.

Gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott watches his rival Alex Sink like a hawk during a commercial break in Monday’s debate. A makeup artist shows Sink a text message, a violation of the debate rules. Scott notices, “So we can give notes? We can have people who work for us come give us messages?”

The message was from an aide. Sink swears she didn’t read it. She fired the sender. “When I learned what had happened and got to the bottom of it I took accountability and held the person responsible for the cheating accountable and he’s no longer with my campaign.”

But the text may not have been the worst gaffe of the night. When asked by the moderator what Florida’s minimum wage is, both candidates got it wrong.

Scott answered 7 dollars and 55 cents. Sink agreed. It’s actually $7.25. The mistake makes both candidates look out of touch, but despite the gaffe, party support hasn’t waivered.

Scott’s Primary rival Bill McCollum quietly endorsed him this weekend but still won’t vouch for Scott’s checkered past. “No comments. Nothing I said during the campaign has changed as far as the comments that I made
Reporter: So you think he still might have committed fraud at Solantic?”

And it’s that record Sink is trying to exploit as the race to the finish line begins its final leg. And of course Scott is trying to link questionable business practices at Bank of America to Sink while she headed up the Florida branch. He also blames her for the pension fund losing value, even though it was one of the top performing pension funds in the country.


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