Email Insights: Oops! FDP revels in Rick Scott’s advancing error

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Recently, Gov. Rick Scott met with a group of about 20 senior citizens for some feedback on recent Medicare Advantage cuts under the federal health care law.

The plan was to get ammunition to criticize Obamacare during the governor’s re-election effort.

It may not have been the best approach, according the latest email from the Florida Democratic Party.

Instead of the expected litany of complaints, Scott found that those seniors really didn’t experience many changes since the ACA went into effect.

In fact, one woman praised Medicare Advantage for lowering the price of prescription drugs, but did mention she had difficulty finding an orthopedic surgeon for a knee procedure.

Another woman thought Scott should “spread Medicare around” to all Americans, and one more wanted him “to take a broader view” on the issue.


Unsurprisingly, when speaking with reporters afterward, Scott focused only on the lone problem — completely ignoring the majority of praise lavished on Obamacare.

“I bet these Florida voters won’t be featured in Rick Scott’s next campaign commercial,” said FDP spokesperson Joshua Karp.

It does appear to be a tactical error, and points out a major weakness in Scott’s strategy — one that could stymie his chances at a second term.

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.