Email Insights: Rick Scott “embarrasses” Florida & Nan Rich’s “evolution” problem

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Once again, Rick Scott sits firmly on the wrong side of history, proclaims Charlie Crist’s latest email to supporters — and it is embarrassing Florida.

This time, it is Scott’s position marriage equality, which he dismisses it as a “non-issue.” AG Pam Bondi also called same-sex marriage “harmful” to the public.

Harmful? One can only hope that Bondi— struggled to say that with a straight face.

Nevertheless, Scott’s position doesn’t sit well with many Floridians, especially those at Equality Florida and the Human Rights Campaign, who recently threw their support behind Charlie Crist — even though, as a former Republican governor, Crist had once opposed the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Crist’s change in position is a point not lost on Crist’s other opponent for governor — Democrat Nan Rich. She is not taking lightly the idea that Crist, like many Americans, have evolved on the issue.

Rich, almost immediately, sent out an email blast simultaneously attacking Crist and (albeit indirectly) Scott:

The belief that all Floridians deserve to be treated with fairness and equality has been one of the driving principles of my career in public service. I opposed the ban on adoptions by same sex couples, I opposed the discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage, and I’m the only candidate in the race for governor who can say that.

I believe the best indicator of what someone will do is what they have done. Regardless of who endorsed him today, when he was the Republican Governor of Florida Charlie Crist did not support issues important to the LGBT community. Crist opposed adoptions by same-sex couples, and he signed the petition to put marriage discrimination on the ballot and was proud to say he voted for it.

As a legislator, I supported the LGBT community at every opportunity, and I will continue to do so as governor.

Perhaps it is ironic that Rich, a lifelong liberal Democrat, would have such difficulty with the concept of “evolution,” even when the term applies to political ideals. She could have commended Crist (with a passing mention) for finally “seeing the light” on the issue of marriage equality.

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