It’s only Wednesday and already it’s been a tough week for Republican House candidate Chris Sprowls.
On Tuesday, his allies running in their own races for the Florida House lost, severely diminishing Sprowls’ chances of becoming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
On Wednesday, Sprowls — a charismatic, Weatherfordian, candidate for the House District 65 seat which encompasses Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and East Lake — put his foot in his mouth in such a way that his words will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of whatever paid media his Democratic opponent, incumbent Carl Zimmermann, can scrap together.
During a Tiger Bay luncheon, Sprowls let the words “You might be physically better off not to have insurance than Medicaid” come out of his mouth when asked if he would support expanding Medicaid if elected in November.
Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry reports that Sprowls said that women with Stage 3 breast cancer end up having higher mortality rates on Medicaid than on regular health insurance, leading Sprowls to utter, “You might be physically better off not to have insurance than Medicaid,” before quickly adding, “I don’t know if I believe that.”
Where was Sprowls’ campaign manager to tackle him?
No sooner had the words come out of Sprowls’ otherwise articulate mouth did Zimmermann seize the opportunity to punish Sprowls for the gaffe and, perhaps, change the entire dynamic of a House race expected to go Sprowls’ way.
“How could no insurance be better than Medicaid?”questioned Zimmermann — and rightly so.
Sprowls should be hoping right now that his words will be forgotten during this slowest of Summer weeks, but that’s doubtful. If Democrats aren’t right now designing a mailer featuring Sprowls’ words in big capital letters, they’ll have no chance of protecting one of their few incumbent House members.