Email Insights: FDP tries to link Rick Scott with maggots, suicides

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A recent Florida Democratic Party email will cause coffee spit-takes on keyboards all around the state, over the “company Rick Scott keeps.”

“Hunger strikes … Suicides … Maggots in food … Inadequate medical treatment,” is how least one Scott donor made his fortune, according to the FDP.

Scott finds himself “yet again” in trouble over a fundraiser; a $10,000-a-plate event with George Zoley, CEO of the GEO Group, which manages prisons and jails in the United States. Zoley is described as making “profits off of locking up immigrants in some of the most brutal conditions in America.”

“The governor’s cozy relationship with the operator of some of the country’s biggest immigrant detention centers might not go over well with Latino constituents, who tend to oppose federal immigration detention policies,” reports Mother Jones.

Scott has been a steadfast advocate for prison privatization, the industry that made Zoley rich. In return, Zoley donated hundreds of thousands to Scott’s reelection effort, including $20,000 to redecorate Scott’s residence in the governor’s mansion.

The relationship, says the FDP, is only part of a series of fundraising gaffes and mishaps, such as one featuring alligator hunting and another with felon tax cheat James Batmasian—both events were eventually cancelled.

This time, however, is different. The FDP is actually trying to link the governor with suicides, maggots and jailing immigrants, even if seems to be somewhat of a stretch.

Nevertheless, hearing something like that is worthy of a double take, isn’t it?

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.