Email Insights: Rick Scott just can’t help spoiling a good thing, says Charlie Crist campaign

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Charlie Crist’s campaign understands a politician can evolve on an issue — he even respects Rick Scott’s “evolution” on the issue of in-state tuition for DREAMers.

What is not sitting well with Crist is that Scott just cannot admit he changed his position, even going so far as lying about it.

In the latest campaign email, Crist’s campaign hammers Scott for lying, once again, about his position on undocumented immigrants — repeatedly.

“This is a pattern,” Crist campaign points out.

On April 29, Scott told the Miami Herald, “I haven’t changed my mind at all. I want low tuition for all Floridians. For individuals that grew up in our state they deserve the same tuition as individuals that, everybody else and all their peers.”

That was now, but how about then?

In September of 2011, Scott clearly says – in a YouTube video, no less — that he “completely opposes” granting in-state tuition rates to illegal alien college students.

Crist’s campaign really wants to cheer the bipartisanship that led to the eventual passage of an in-state tuition bill, but first there needs to be some degree of accountability.

Doing the right thing is always worth celebrating, but with Scott — who  seemingly has a physical inability to come clean with voters – it is too difficult to commend him, even for his evolving position.

Scott just can’t help spoiling a good thing.

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.