By accepting a $100,000 donation and lobbying so hard for the Florida House’s version of an overhaul to the state’s Personal Injury Protection laws, Rick Scott may have all but guaranteed a challenge from former governor Charlie Crist in 2014.
As the Miami Herald first reported, United Group Underwriters, an affiliate of United Automobile Insurance Company, gave $100,000 to Scott’s Let’s Get to Work political committee just as Scott was bashing the Senate’s version of the legislation, which mandated rate reductions and wasn’t as strict as the House measure.
As Bob Dole once asked, where is the outrage?
After all, if that $100,000 contribution isn’t the clearest example of a quid pro quo, I don’t know what is.
Last week, the chances of PIP legislation passing both the House and Senate were somewhere between slim and none. The Senate had passed its no-fault automobile insurance bill without debate, sending its package to the House where it received a chilly reception.