Yesterday the 11th Circuit, by a vote of 2-1, gave Rick Scott a stay of Judge Mark Walker’s order to implement a new clemency program.
Rick Scott is DETERMINED to keep a large group of Floridians disenfranchised.
I guess Scott doesn’t believe in second chances.
Never mind that Rick Scott and Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) received a second chance.
The federal government allowed HCA, the company Scott founded and ran, to pay a record-breaking fine, and allowed it to continue operating. HCA didn’t have to wait a minimum of five years before operating again, you know, to make sure they had learned their lesson.
Rick Scott and HCA defrauded the government.
If Rick Scott wants to make sure that folks “keep their noses clean,” why didn't HE make sure HCA's stayed clean?
Gee. I guess what is good for the goose, is not good for the gander.
What exactly is Rick Scott afraid of? That those voters won’t vote for him?
Trust me, there are a lot of voters who aren’t going to vote for him NOW.
His Jim Crow-era clemency rules are designed to keep a segment of Florida’s population from participating in the political process AFTER paying their debt.
Just like Rick Scott's HCA paid ITS debt. A whopping one.
Rick Scott claims he wants to make sure returning citizens are rehabilitated.
Maybe, just maybe, if they aren’t rehabilitated, it’s a problem with our criminal justice system. Has Rick Scott looked into improving that?
Of course not. You see, Scott wants to control the outcome of his campaign for U.S. Senate. He wants to ensure people who may not vote for him AREN’T able to vote at all.
He isn’t concerned about the rehabilitation of ex-felons. He is concerned about winning a U.S. Senate seat.
Rick Scott may as well require voters to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap, before they can vote.
I’m sure he would, if he could, so I guess I'd better not give him any ideas.
Leslie Wimes, a Sunshine State News columnist, is founder and president of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. Follow Leslie on Twitter: @womenonthemove1