Email Insights: Rick Scott keeps making it easy for Charlie Crist

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Once again, Gov. Rick Scott is making it easy for newly minted Democratic candidate Charlie Crist.

In one of his first post-primary campaign emails, Crist takes advantage of yet another scandal from the incumbent Republican, namely the troubles of former Orlando Expressway Authority board member Scott Batterson, a 2011 Scott appointee who just the day before was convicted on two counts of bribery.

An Orange County jury found Batterson guilty of charges stemming from an offer of a $5-million-a-year contract to an engineering firm in exchange for hiring some of his friends.

“This is just the latest example of how shady Rick Scott’s Administration is – and how lobbyists and special interests get special treatment while we all foot the bill,” the email says. “There’s likely more to this story, as is usually the case when Scott or his cronies are involved.”

Crist poses two questions about Batterson’s situation: What did Scott’s staff know about Batterson’s contact, and was there any communication about it.

Now that the campaign is in full swing, Crist will waste little time in going after Scott on everything he can.

And with Rick Scott, that could take every minute of the 60 days (or so) left until November 4.

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