Wasserman Schultz’s attack on Florida’s governor comes up empty

Is this the best Debbie can do?

The normally redoubtable Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz published an op-ed in the Sun-Sentinel on Monday aiming to tarnish Florida Gov. Rick Scott, but really just ended up showing how truly empty the Democrats’ case against him is – particularly if Charlie Crist becomes their candidate in the fall.

debbiewassermanschultz1217First, Wasserman Schultz states the obvious – that Scott took office at a tough time in Florida. But somehow she tries to blame the condition of the state’s coffers on the man who was just sworn in (his predecessor goes unmentioned by name.)

Like most other states, Florida has to balance its budget every year, and Scott and the Republican Legislature did exactly that. Wasserman Schultz makes a big deal out of cuts to “education” – meaning teachers’ union members’ salaries – but neglects to mention that Scott’s last budget, in an improved Florida economy, included $1 billion more in education spending; that it was supported by more than 80 percent of the Democrats in the Florida Legislature; and that it got rave reviews from Florida Education Association President Andy Ford.

In other words, Scott and the Republican Legislature cut spending in the state budget in tough times and restored it when times improved. That’s called responsible governing, something Wasserman Schultz’s party and president have repeatedly demonstrated they are incapable of – particularly in Washington during the disastrous two years of 2008-10.

Wasserman Schultz also attacks Scott for not living up to the expectations of “reporters and analysts” that he would try to change his public image, or as the congresswoman puts it “sugarcoat his record.”

Pretending Scott’s aims can be set by the Florida media, then blaming him for failing to meet those expectations, is a sucker’s game. Florida’s major media is almost universally hostile to Scott and barely hides its cheerleading for Charlie. DWS and anyone who can read knows it.

Scott’s campaign theme isn’t “sugarcoating the record” and it the governor’s news releases don’t talk about changing perceptions. They talk about how Scott’s administration is building a business climate that’s seen the state’s unemployment rate drop from 11.4 in percent in 2011 to 6.7 percent in October, below the national average.

The campaign is themed  “it’s working,” because it is.

Wasserman Schultz tries to pan Scott for opposing the Obamacare law, when anyone with a television or a computer knows that Obamacare is wreaking new havoc on both the economy and everyday Americans on a daily basis.  Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, is still predicting Democrats are going to run on Obamacare in 2014, and Republicans are doing everything they can to make sure that prediction comes true.

Particularly rich is her attack on Scott for banning Obamacare navigators from “state health facilitities.” The navigators, she writes, are “specially trained to help people sign up for health care.”

On Monday, the same day Wasserman Shultz’s piece appeared, the U.S. House Oversight Committee released a damning report documenting how these specially trained navigators had been careless in safeguarding sensitive personal information and had “encouraged consumers to commit tax fraud by underreporting income in order to qualify for ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies.”

You can find the report here. But the gist of it is in the title: “Risks of Fraud and Misinformation with ObamaCare Outreach Campaign: How Navigator and Assister Program Mismanagement Endangers Consumers.”

Specially trained, congresswoman?

Trained by whom? ACORN?

Best of all was DWS accusing Scott of “abandoning his responsibilities in Tallahassee” to go on “long trips to Paris and Chile.” Scott did to go Chile and Paris, of course, to bring new companies, new business and new jobs to Florida for Floridians.

There was one governor who made national news in recent years by abandoning his responsibilities in Tallahassee, but his name wasn’t Scott and he wasn’t trying to get to Paris.

It was Charlie Crist and he was trying to get to Washington – for Charlie Crist.

Is this really the best Debbie can do?

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
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Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • EliseR

    We should all congratulate Florida for FINALLY agreeing to rename a school named for a KKK grand wizard. Way to give up your racial hatred, Florida!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/16/school-named-after-kkk-grand-wizard-to-be-renamed-finally/?hpid=z4

    • Eric

      Arent you a good one to talk about hate when thats all you post??

    • kahnavka

      I will bet you never complained about Mr Byrd Democrat congressman and KKK big boy. No of course not you are a democrat (but will probably deny it)

    • Alice

      Elise, it is obvious you are not from Florida; but, like many, you have no problem stating an opinion based on nothing but air. We in Florida are not racists nor do we harbor racial hatred. Where do you hail from? North of the line, I’ll bet.

      • EliseR

        It’s not an opinion that you have a school named for a kkk grand wizard and have refused to change it until now. It’s a fact.

        • JANET BROWN

          The fate of Forrest HS has nothing to do with the job Gov Scott is doing.
          After only a year as Grand Wizard, in January 1869, faced with an ungovernable membership employing methods that seemed increasingly counterproductive, Forrest issued KKK General Order Number One: “It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.” By the end of his life, Forrest’s racial attitudes would evolve — in 1875, he advocated for the admission of blacks into law school — and he lived to fully renounce his involvement with the all-but-vanished Klan. A new, different, and much worse Klan would emerge, 35 years after Forrest’s death, in the wake of D.W. Griffith’s revolutionary 1915 film, Birth of a Nation, a reactionary screed with a racialist brief that had been expanded to include Catholics and immigrants of all kinds. The second Klan was never restricted to the South; its goals had nothing to do with Forrest’s vision of a restored Dixie

        • 4dees

          So………..Elise, your point is what?? You’re off topic here. This is an article about Debbie Blabbermouth-Shultz and more of her lies and smears.

      • Doug

        I, for one, am outraged. I hold in my hand a petition in opposition to the renaming of the school. I’m joined in this by 30 fellow alumni of the Byron de la Beckwith Middle School.

    • lovinspoonful

      EliseR, you know nothing about Florida. I have lived in Florida since 1974 and have not encountered racial hatred here yet. You need to check facts before you spew your ignorance or have your programmer re-program you. You are out of date.

      • EliseR

        Then why does Florida have a school named for a kkk grand wizard? sure doesn’t look like racial tolerance.

        • Iron Tub

          I don’t have a racial bone in my body, but i do harbor a strong prejudice against idiots that think repeating the same thing over and over again makes them look informed

        • 4dees

          Elise, I believe you sound like a racist yourself.

        • aimhigh1

          Please stop listening to MSNBC and CNN!! You know NOTHING about whom the school was named after!!
          He WAS in fact a member of the KKK when there was no law in Florida. It was after the war, and the gov’t was non-existent. The KKK, at that time, was about enforcing the law.
          He last left the KKK as law was restored, and did a lot to bring both whites and blacks together!!
          Please get your history straight!!!!

        • celticnanaof3

          Did you read the note from Janet Brown in response to your under-educated note? You really do need to bone up on U.S. History. If you will do that, you won’t come across as such a pathetic fool.

    • Mlm46

      The state of Florida did not decide this issue. The Duval County school board did! If you want to congratulate someone, then congratulate the Duval County school board. Why don’t you give up your racial hatred?

    • Arden Hale

      Yes, its good that they finally threw off their democratic roots. Oh, you did neglect to mention that the KKK was founded by a democrat named Nathan Bedford Forest and that democratic politicians in the south were frequently members of the organization. And also your party kept electing Bob Byrd who was a former member of that organization and refused to fight in WWII so he didn’t have to fight alongside black soldiers. But good job Florida, republicans finally threw off one of the dark periods created by the democratic party. Anymore gems like that one Elise?

    • AmericanwithaBrain

      Are you also clamoring for all of the places named for Robert Byrd, former Exalted Cyclops of the KKK to be renamed? If not, please explain.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_named_after_Robert_Byrd

    • Linda Pyle Cothes

      Odd ….this article is about dear sweet Debbie that is one of the most negative people in Florida and you bring up something totally unrelated. Most Floridians are embarrassed that she represents our state. And, if you use the same analogy…..since Ted Kennedy was responsible for the death of a young girl and literally got away with it and leaving the sight of a crime….means we should say that everything that happens in Massachusetts is gender hatred?????

  • Tom Jones

    Yep, it’s sad, but that is the best she can do.

  • Nina Sage

    Scott, may look like a geek, but he’s one fine governor.

  • Beeta

    KKK= democrats!

  • Mike Eaton

    perhaps someone should inform EliseR that the KKK was established, funded, and manned by democrats, and that the human rights legislation we’re all proud of today was passed by republicans and voted against by democrats.

  • Kim Guffey Lafferty

    Florida is growing under the leadership of Rick Scott. Rick continues to provide jobs, hope and A PLAN, something “flip flop” Charlie never provided. note to Charlie stay out of horizontal stripes, they are not becoming on anyone.

  • 4dees

    There’s a reason she’s called Debbie Blabbermouth-Shultz. She opens her mouth and anything dirty or nasty about the GOP just comes tumbling out whether it’s fact or not. She joins a long list of DemocRAT liars. You cannot believe one word they utter.

  • LOLO

    I admire our Governor…he’s pretty much done exactly what he said he’d do, and what the majority voted for him to do. He will get my vote again.

  • buck

    The left found a “huge” water carrier here…

  • John Alton

    Its funny how the guy that left office with huge economic mess (more like ran), now comes back when his predessor turns it all around. Only a fool would vote for a guy that abandoned his state and flip floped parties. What is he going to say, Florida was better off under him? We see how that turned out.