Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLITICAL NOTES; Few Questions, Fewer Answers on Gubernatorial Candidate's Past Columbia/HCA Probe and One Republican's Role Trouble Some

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLITICAL NOTES; Few Questions, Fewer Answers on Gubernatorial Candidate's Past Columbia/HCA Probe and One Republican's Role Trouble Some

Article excerpt

Byline: DAVID HUNT

If GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott wasn't responsible for the fraud investigation that netted his former company, Columbia/HCA, a $1.7 billion fine, who was?

That was all Bill Collins, a Navy veteran who called himself a concerned Republican voter, wanted to know.

"I'd like to see more of what happened to those people who were responsible for those actions in some of your ads. I think that needs to be told also," Collins said to Scott during a Friday event at the Beaches GOP headquarters.

Scott's response went on for two minutes and 48 seconds. He started by talking about the expense of advertising. He asked Collins and the other 75 or so who attended the event to please visit his website. Then he said politicians need to be held accountable for their actions. He even talked about a health care project he'd sponsored in Kenya.

After the meeting, Collins said he was vaguely satisfied with Scott's response.

"I've always been held accountable for my actions," Collins said. "I just want to know what happened to the people who caused the problem."

Collins broke a silence of sorts as the region's Republicans get to know Scott, whose speech Friday was his third in the region in six days. Scott presents himself well as a conservative candidate who's taken strong stances on staple issues like immigration and stem-cell research. But opponents are attempting to cloud his image with stories of his departure from Columbia/HCA, during which he collected hundreds of millions of dollars in severance before the company was hit with the record-setting fine.

Scott was never personally investigated.

Still, it was surprising to some Republicans who'd seen him field questions on education, immigration and the health care reform lawsuit without anyone wanting to challenge him on Columbia/HCA.

"I can't speak for them, but I think maybe because he's already come out and admitted what happened. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.