The front page of the Tampa Bay Times does Rick Scott no favors

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Rick Scott is the Jon Corzine of Florida politics.

You will read me write that a thousand times between now and Election Day in 2014.

Rick Scott is the Jon Corzine of Florida politics.

Both men — Scott before he was in office, Corzine after after he left office — were embroiled in a major corporate scandal during their career in the private sector.

Both exceedingly wealthy individuals, Corzine and Scott bought their way into their respective state’s Governor’s Mansion.

Like Corzine, Scott has largely been ignored by his supposed allies in the Legislature.

And like Corzine, Scott will be challenged by a populist with the letters C, r, i, s, and t in his last name.

If Scott loses, it will be because of cover stories like this one in today’s Tampa Bay Times.

There is no direct mailer or TV commercial that could do as much damage as this front page, which reinforces almost everything Floridians don’t like about Rick Scott. 

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.