Email insights: FDP asks “How rich is too rich?”

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Racist jokes about Hispanics, and now this … the Florida Democratic Party is having a field day with the latest to come from Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign.

But they might be stretching the truth a little too far.

In a “desperate move to change the subject” away from the sudden racially fueled resignation of campaign finance co-chair Mike Fernandez, a new email from Joshua Karp of the FDP says the Republican Party of Florida goes “off the deep end.”

“Our candidate is not a man of the people,” Karp claims a RPOF spokesperson says in a Sarasota Herald-Tribune report. It was in response to Democrat Charlie Crist’s claim that he “lived paycheck to paycheck” most of his life.

Scott, one of the richest governors in America who spent $70 million of his own money to get to the Florida Capitol, blasted Crist’s claim of poverty.

“Not only is it blatantly hypocritical for Rick Scott’s campaign to attack someone’s wealth, or lack thereof, their attack completely concedes that Rick Scott is not a ‘man of the people,’” Karp said.

Hold on a second; nowhere in the Herald-Tribune story does it even HINT at Scott’s people saying he is not a “man of the people,” even if it is true.

It is clearly laughable for the governor  — a multi-millionaire healthcare executive who uses his private jet to fly across the state — to criticize anyone over having too much wealth to run for office.

However, that should not imply Scott that is happily going to shoot himself in the foot over the subject by saying he is not in touch with middle class Floridians

No matter how much the Democrats want it to be true, in reality, nobody – not even Rick Scott – can be that tone-deaf. Can they?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.