Solantic’s Rick Scott Launches GOP Gubernatorial Campaign
Rick Scott, healthcare industry executive and founder of the Jacksonville-based Solantic chain of clincs, announced today that he will be running for Governor of Florida as a Republican. Scott is also the founder of Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR) which advertises against expanding the government's role in regulating the healthcare system.
In the face of record-high unemployment, 40% of all Florida mortgages being underwater, and the first population decrease in decades, Scott vowed to use his "proven skills as a successful businessman" to lead the state in a new, conservative direction and into a prosperous future.
“The professional politicians have failed us at every level. Forty percent of Florida homeowners are underwater on their mortgages, unemployment is at record highs and our state budget is a mess. Worse, there is no plan being offered to bring about economic growth,” said Scott. “It’s time to fight back and hold our government accountable. Together, we can turn Florida around!”
With his national network of supporters through CPR and significant personal resources to help get his campaign off the ground, Scott will attempt to break his way into a race that has long been dominated by Attorney General Bill McCollum and State Senator Paula Dockery.
Scott's campaign launched a website and several web videos earlier today. One of videos is a 30-second television ad called "Accountable" -- which his campaign will soon begin airing on Florida stations.