A new video released Thursday by the Florida Democratic Party asks what Gov. Rick Scott is hiding in a deposition given as part of a 2010 lawsuit.
The 30-second spot, called “What is Rick Scott Hiding?” highlights Scott’s continued refusal to release the transcript of a deposition he gave six days before he announced his campaign for governor. Testimony was for a Collier County lawsuit filed against Solantic, a chain of 34 walk-in health clinics co-founded by Scott in 2001.
Among the accusations levied against Scott and Solantic claimed the clinics sidestepped federal rules on Medicare payments. Around the same time, clinic managers filed suit saying they were fired or retaliated against because “they did not want to enforce discriminatory practices” in hiring.
“Today, the Florida Democratic Party is holding Rick Scott’s secrecy to account,” says FDP chair Allison Tant in a statement Thursday morning. “Floridians have a right to know: did Scott’s company file false medical information with the state? What was Rick Scott’s role in the company leading up to the lawsuit? And what did Rick Scott say in his secret deposition?”
“One thing is certain,” she adds, “Rick Scott really doesn’t want Floridians to know what’s in that deposition.”
With characteristic precision, the Florida Republican Party responded to the FDP video with a trio of election complaints filed Wednesday against likely Democratic nominee Charlie Crist.
RPOF Political Director George Riley filed the complaints with the Florida Elections Committee against the Charlie Crist for Governor Campaign Treasurer Sanford Horwitz, the campaign and Crist himself.
At issue is that the campaign, through its agents, allegedly failed to report contributions from those who financed Crist’s February statewide book tour to promote The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP, And I Became a Democrat.
As supporting evidence, Riley used several articles written about the tour, from both the Tampa Bay Times and SaintPetersBlog.
If Charlie Crist for Governor covered costs associated with the tour, Riley contends that campaign funds were improperly used. Likewise, if Crist personally financed the book tour, Riley claims there was a failure to report them as contributions or personal loans to the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign.
Crist, Horwitz and the campaign are also accused of filing false campaign reports, since they did not include the items outlined previously.
“What is Rick Scott Hiding?” is now available on YouTube.