Florida billionaire leaves Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign as finance co-chair after racist incident

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    Mar 25, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and [billionaire Mike] Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.

    Fernandez, who is Cuban, reportedly shot off an angry email to campaign leadership after word of the incident leaked out.


    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/24/1287036/-Billionaire-leaves-Gov-Rick-Scott-s-reelection-campaign-after-racist-incident?detail=email
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    Mar 25, 2014 10:55 PM GMT
    Are you serious? Florida the laughingstock of the nation, with it's drugs, crazy people and love of unnecessary gun violence. No one pay attention outside of your trailer park ghetto to what is happening in that white trash state.
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    Mar 25, 2014 11:14 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidAre you serious? Florida the laughingstock of the nation, with it's drugs, crazy people and love of unnecessary gun violence. No one pay attention outside of your trailer park ghetto to what is happening in that white trash state.

    Actually a great deal of Florida residents live in upscale gated communities, or in condo high rises with uniformed security at the entrance. There are few trailer parks until you get way up north into the panhandle region, not surprisingly near the border with Georgia and Alabama.

    And the amount of personal wealth down here is staggering. It's the yacht capital of the US, along with the highest concentration of golf courses and other displays of money this side of Hollywood, California. Trailer parks really don't enter into it.

    Therefore I'm not sure what your rant about trailer parks has to do with a Cuban-American billionaire severing his ties with our Governor and his racist staff.
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    Mar 26, 2014 12:25 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidAfter the trip to the Mexican restaurant, the staffers stopped by a convenience store. One of the staffers was overheard saying, "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."

    Is that fabrication supposed to give Gov. Scott's staff a pass? It's really in very bad taste.

    But regardless of what you or I think, Mike Fernandez is the billionaire who was pissed off by Scott's staff. E-mail your joke to Fernandez, and see what HE thinks of it. Somehow I doubt he'll see the humor in it, nor will it change his mind about resigning as Scott's reelection finance co-chair.
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    Mar 26, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
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    ART_DECO said
    southbeach1500 saidAfter the trip to the Mexican restaurant, the staffers stopped by a convenience store. One of the staffers was overheard saying, "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."

    Is that fabrication supposed to give Gov. Scott's staff a pass? It's really in very bad taste.

    But regardless of what you or I think, Mike Fernandez is the billionaire who was pissed off by Scott's staff. E-mail your joke to Fernandez, and see what HE thinks of it. Somehow I doubt he'll see the humor in it, nor will it change his mind about resigning as Scott's reelection finance co-chair.

    Are you offended by the content of the joke I posted?

    Ask someone from India.
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    Mar 26, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    Let the Republicans defend this all they want. It won't attract a single Latino voter.
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    Mar 26, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    ART_DECO said
    southbeach1500 said
    ART_DECO said
    southbeach1500 saidAfter the trip to the Mexican restaurant, the staffers stopped by a convenience store. One of the staffers was overheard saying, "You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."

    Is that fabrication supposed to give Gov. Scott's staff a pass? It's really in very bad taste.

    But regardless of what you or I think, Mike Fernandez is the billionaire who was pissed off by Scott's staff. E-mail your joke to Fernandez, and see what HE thinks of it. Somehow I doubt he'll see the humor in it, nor will it change his mind about resigning as Scott's reelection finance co-chair.

    Are you offended by the content of the joke I posted?

    Ask someone from India.


    Wait, timeout.

    You are aware that "joke" was uttered by Vice President Joe Biden, no?


    I was thinking The Simpsons.
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    Mar 26, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidLet the Republicans defend this all they want. It won't attract a single Latino voter.

    The purpose of making Fernandez reelection finance co-chair for Gov. Scott's re-election campaign was:

    - Get access to a billionaire's money
    - Use his wealthy contacts to tap yet more campaign money
    - Have a prominent Cuban-American name endorsing Scott as a campaign official

    Of course, the reverse effect happens when your staff pisses off that billionaire. I have no doubt Scott is attempting major apologies, and will throw under the bus anyone on his staff Fernandez says offended him.

    I can easily see Fernandez returning to the Scott fold, if sufficient concessions are made. Concessions we ordinary Florida taxpayers may end up subsidizing.

    So I view this as a developing story. But at the moment, Scott's staff has stepped on their dicks big time, and Scott needs to contain the damage quickly.
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    Mar 26, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    The damage is done. Fernandez walked with his money and went public. They can't put that genie back in the bottle.
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    Mar 26, 2014 1:18 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidThe damage is done. Fernandez walked with his money and went public. They can't put that genie back in the bottle.

    Oh, sure they can. At a big media event with Scott & Fernandez hugging like best friends, with heavy Latino media coverage.

    There's nothing as impermanent as political feuds & alliances. Fernandez is a businessman who knows how to guard his profits, and if Scott offers him enough of a deal (at Florida taxpayer expense) he'll hug our Governor faster than you can say "Saludo Scott!"
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    Mar 26, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    You're missing the big picture: That won't impress the Latino vote. That is the end game. Anything short will leave Florida Republicans increasingly finding it difficult to get elected - billionaire or no billionaire.
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    Mar 26, 2014 1:45 AM GMT
    coolarmydude saidYou're missing the big picture: That won't impress the Latino vote. That is the end game. Anything short will leave Florida Republicans increasingly finding it difficult to get elected - billionaire or no billionaire.

    Nope, you are mistaken. I live down here. Latinos, but especially those of Cuban descent, continue to dream of the US invading Cuba, ousting the Castro regime, and returning Cuba back to the exiles from 1959. Crazy, but that's their myth.

    Therefore, if Gov. Scott says he supports that, and a prominent Cuban-American like Fernandez supports him, Scott will get their votes. They are mostly a 1-issue constituency. Say you will overthrow the current Cuban government and they will support you. The rest of your platform is irrelevant to them, they only tune into Cuba.

    So I say again, if Scott manages to win Fernandez back over, he's got a big inroad with the Cuban community. If he doesn't, he's lost many of them. But Scott's fall-back position is the national Republican Party, which is anti-Castro. Scott can build on that.

    I anticipate a lot of fun & games in Florida leading up to 2014. And I'm predicting that billionaire Hernandez will return to the Republican fold, and donate tons of money to Rick Scott's re-election.
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    Mar 26, 2014 2:12 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Nope, you are mistaken. I live down here.


    Well that settles it!
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    Mar 26, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    ART_DECO said
    Nope, you are mistaken. I live down here.

    Well that settles it!

    LOL! Well, certainly doesn't settle it. That would be silly.

    But living here does give me some daily perspective on the issue. My newsstands have local Spanish language papers (which I can read a little), I see the political slant on stories, we receive Spanish TV news stations that I sometimes watch. And I have Cuban friends.

    In fact, one born in Cuba was our overnight guest last weekend. I wrote elsewhere on RJ about it.

    So I do have some connection with this issue. Doesn't make me an expert, to be sure. But does give me some feeling for the mood down here about issues related to Cuba. Better perhaps than you might encounter in New York State.
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    Mar 26, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
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    coolarmydude saidThe damage is done. Fernandez walked with his money and went public. They can't put that genie back in the bottle.

    Oh, sure they can. At a big media event with Scott & Fernandez hugging like best friends, with heavy Latino media coverage.

    I agree with Art_Deco on this one. It's far enough before the election, and nobody is paying any attention at the moment, and probably won't until all those political commercials start hitting the airwaves in the Autumn.

    Agreed. The memory of the US electorate is fleeting. Florida Gov. Rick Scott could murder someone with his bare hands, and 3 months later nobody would remember it.

    US politics today is mostly team-based, and celebrity-based. People root for the team they've selected, or the star, and nothing will dissuade them. Not scandals, not legislation passed against their own best interests, not anything will change their minds.

    It's my team against yours. And I'll defend my team against yours no matter what. Don't confuse me with facts, I don't deal with facts. I only deal with what my team tells me.

    That's what drives US politics today. It's total polarization, the team fan mentality. Once you understand that you will understand what's happening, both on the national stage, and also right here in these forums.