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Memory Jog

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Does the face look familiar?

It belongs to Rick Scott who, as former chief executive of then Louisville-based Columbia/HCA, pledged a million dollars to the University of Louisville football program toward a new football stadium in the early nineties.

Scott never made good on his pledge, actually moving the company out of town a few months later, a few steps ahead of an FBI investigation of the company’s involvement in the largest Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history.

Well, surprise. Scott is now running for the governor’s office in Florida, and is actually leading in a recent poll. Florida voters should be wary of any campaign promises.

[The observer never forgets.]


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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

4 thoughts on “Memory Jog

  • June 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The only difference between Scott and most politicians is it’s very obvious he’s a crook.

  • June 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Honestly, how do people like Scott – detach themselves from a criminal past?. I mean really! Thanks for the heads up Charlie — can
    this be posted on other blogs in Florida? How on earth can he be allowed to run? Watch out Florida!

    • June 22, 2010 at 9:03 am

      To be fair, it was Scott’s company. However, his broken pledge to help build the football stadium came when fund raising efforts were at a critical stage. That’s why I remember it so well. At least one visitor has added a link to this post on a Florida web site.

  • June 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Good to know – still with broken promises and all – Florida beware.

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