Rick Scott Breaks Heart of Local Cardiologist

Summing up the Super Bowl: bad rendition of the national anthem, mess of a halftime show, mixed bag of commercials. As an afterthought, the game was pretty good (Packers took it away from the Steelers, literally).

Onto more important matters, like who runs the State of Florida.

In light of Gov. Rick Scott's unlikely rise to power, who are the biggest local losers and winners? Well, there are long lists on both sides, but let's start with one of each:

Winner: Lobbyist William Rubin. Rubin, who has partnered with the likes of Russ Klenet and Ron Book, has been representing Scott's business interests in Tallahassee for several years. You can bet Rubin, a Democrat who began his lobbying career through the revolving door after serving as assistant state insurance commissioners, is already reaping some of the benefits of his close association with the governor. It should more than make up for what he lost several years back when his good friend, former Broward Sheriff Ken Jenne, was convicted of federal crimes. Then again, Rubin has never hurt for clients.

Inside, see who the loser is.

Loser: Broward Hospital District heart surgeon Michael Chizner. The controversial doc has had sweetheart contracts at that taxpayer-financed district for many years. More recently, he was named chairman of the powerful state Board of Medicine, which oversees all doctors in Florida. Former Gov. Charlie Crist had appointed him to the post four years ago. As blogger John De Groot noted, NBHD boss Frank Nask gushed in a news release on January 11: "We congratulate Dr. Chizner on being elected to this high post. Broward Health is indeed fortunate to have a physician of the caliber of Dr. Chizner, who provides the highest level of patient care to our community, and who is dedicated to raising the standard of medicine practiced in Broward County and across the entire state of Florida." Blah blah blah. Chizner got a chance to chair one meeting before Scott tossed him off the board.

Hey, that's the second Scott move that I've liked.  

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OMGClayAiken
OMGClayAiken

A bigger winner than Bill Rubin, who already had an established relationship with Governor Scott, is Bill Scherer. After being an early supporter of McCollum, Scherer held meet n greets and fundraisers for Scott leading up to the primary and after. Scherer's involvement allowed Scott to personally articulate his message in person to large numbers of like-minded people who had no real sense of whether or not the campaign commercials really reflected the man [I was among this group]. Admittedly, the governor's television persona can seem mechanical, oddly over-fervent, and yes even a little Matt Frewer/Max Headroom-ish. In person the governor is a dynamic, eloquent, and straightforward speaker, and Scherer's introductions gave him invaluable access to many of the people that helped him get over the top-first against the attorney general and then against Alex Sink. After four years out in the cold [shunned by Crist for supporting Tom Gallagher in the 2006 republican primary for governor], Scherer is back in the sunlight again.

Randi Krotch
Randi Krotch

Billy "Sweetness" Rubin has representated the Hospital Corporation's since Christ was a cowboy.Like who do you think helped broker the Jenne-Sacco deal that resulted in the South Broward Hospital District leasing HCA old hospital from now 'til the next Ice Age?Oh yes.As lobbyists go, Ron Book is a blunt meat ax to Sweetness Billy's sly shiv.

unowho
unowho

Do you think the Guv reads this Blog??? Just Sayin!!! Whos next ?

Boca Condo King
Boca Condo King

Two questions for Pulp.

1. What is your wish list for the Gov? Could you give three four five ideas like, fire so and so, remove this one, and take money away ( or give more money to ) from X.

2. Everyone seems to love and pile on Scott on the medicare fraud thing. Guess what, your doctor and every medical professional did the same thing. The Feds set up a system where if you told the truth you would lose money, so everyone, including the Cleavland clinic, any hospital chain in South Florida, and every Doctor's billing office had to cheat. The scandal was just another example of Government at work.

unowho
unowho

From Day1 I said Rick Scott is on a mission to better this State of Florida .Anyone who would spend millions to get elected as Guvner has much larger goals(POTUS) at the same time he is trying to make up for his (legitimate) downfalls ....Lets Get To Work!!!....PS And thank God Rottenburger did NOT win .......HOOOORAY CHEESEHEADS!!!

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

I think it is really generous of Governor Scott, after defrauding US taxpayers out of over $1 Billion dollars, to choose to stimulate our economy, here in Florida, with $80 million of it. After all, he stole from the Federal piggy bank, but he *chose* to put some of it "back to work" here! Whatta guy.

unowho
unowho

In the words of DNA Dead Norm Abromowitz ..... If da Guvner Rick Scott did something illegal he would be in prison!!! The best is yet to come Peeps!!!

Guest
Guest

I understood your point very well. You may label your post anyway you choose. I enjoy reading and most times agree with your POV

unowho
unowho

Give him a chance he will do more good for Florida in one year than Charlie did his entire term as Guvner... ..We will be Saying.... Mr. Scott "You Are Amazing"

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Oh, sorry ATG. Sometimes it is hard to read expression or inflection.

I am appalled that "we" would have even considered someone like him on the ballot. That he's elected further places the state in the position of top 5 in the category of Laughing Stock (while we remain in the bottom 3 of Education, for example).

Guest
Guest

I'm not convinced and still need more from him to change my opinion. I honestly feel Florida elected a dishonest man for Governor. With an open mind. I'll wait and see.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

ATG: I see you don't speak the language of sarcasm. I'm commenting about the size of the money he spent on the election that was not "his" to begin with, but came form the trove stolen through Medicare fraud. I should probably label "joke" to such a post. Wry humor, served up wistfully.

Obermann
Obermann

How are we going to get rid of these lobbyists? Why can't the people we elect do their own homework and use their own cronies? Then we'll only have one level of corruption and taxpayer theft.

GhostOfMcLovin
GhostOfMcLovin

Is the Pulp becoming a fan of the Gov? nahhh

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Pulp, like most Pulpsters, is in favor of doing the right thing, eliminating corruption, and saving taxpayer $$$.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Not true! In Pulp's previous "Love the Guv" article, he claimed that "our public servants deserve to make a good living, but some of the pension policies of late have made some high-ranking bureaucrats millionaires" - but the way to fix the problem is to apply the 5% pay cut ONLY to those "high-ranking bureaucrats" who make more than Obama's cutofff of $250,000 per year, or ONLY to the Upper 5% Top Earners cutoff of $150,000 per year, and NOT to ALL state/city workers as the Fraudster-In-Chief proposed (with fawning approval from Pulp). The custodian at the local school doesn't deserve a 5% pay cut on top of the starvation wages he or she is already making. Shame on you, Pulp, for falling for Rick Scott's variation of the standard Republican mantra - pamper the rich & take money away from the poor!!! A 5% reduction will not even be noticed in the paychecks of the top earners, but the poor custodian at the local school who already can't afford to properly care for his or her children is going to be crushed by it - while Rick Scott and his Republican friends raise glasses of champagne and congratulate themselves for balancing the budget on the backs of the poor.

unowho
unowho

Stranger things have happened!!! yahhhh

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