Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you should already know that Rick Scott has not had an easy week. Governor Scott lost his top fundraiser & enraged Florida Hispanics. Many have been left wondering, why is Team Scott in 2014 so prone to gaffes? The people running the show at Scott HQ need to get it together and start examining what or who is causing these problems.
TOP FUNDRAISER FOR RICK SCOTT QUITS –
Before he abruptly resigned as a top fund-raiser for Gov. Rick Scott, health care executive Mike Fernandez let loose with a litany of complaints in an email obtained by the Herald/Times. He described a “homogeneous” team of campaign advisers who are too scared of Scott to disagree with him and who don’t understand the culture of Hispanic voters whose support he needs to win re-election.
The aftershocks of Fernandez’s resignation remain a distraction for Scott’s campaign, and it underscores a key part of the Democrats’ opposition strategy, that Republicans can’t relate to Hispanic voters. The most explosive part of Fernandez’s Feb. 20 email was his claim, first reported in The Miami Herald, that two Scott campaign aides imitated a Mexican accent while driving to a Mexican restaurant.
FORMER TOP FUNDRAISER TRASHES NEW RICK SCOTT AD –
Coral Gables health care executive Mike Fernandez is a man with no shortage of opinions. In another email sent to Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign advisers, he’s unimpressed by the quality of Scott’s new TV ad. (After all, he helped pay for them, as a million-dollar donor to Scott’s campaign).
In the email, obtained by the Times/Herald, Fernandez takes aim at the content and style of the ad (Curt Anderson of On Message, a Scott media adviser, called Fernandez a “renegade donor” in a Politico interview Tuesday).
MDX EXPRESSWAY BOARD MEMBER RESIGNS IN PROTEST AGAINST RICK SCOTT –
Gonzalo Sanabria, a longtime Miami-Dade Expressway Authority board member, resigned Thursday from his post to protest the “disparaging and disrespectful” treatment of Mike Fernandez, the former co-finance chairman of Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign.
“Since he has been treated in such a disparaging and disrespectful manner by your [campaign] staff and ignored in his advice, it is obvious that there is a great deal of dysfunction and disconnection of which I want to have no part nor can I render my support any longer as you are governing from a weak and flawed platform,” Sanabria wrote in an email he sent to Scott’s staff and shared with the Miami Herald.