In his second year in office, Gov. Rick Scott (R-Florida) blazed a trail of spending cuts, funding denials, and administrative disasters which all firmly entrenched him as one of the least-liked governors in the country.
With a little more than two years left on his term in office, Scott is prepping for a gubernatorial reelection bid with $5 million already in the coffers.
But even with the early fundraising numbers, the governor lacks favorability throughout Florida and even the majority of state-registered GOP voters, who said they'd vote for another candidate over the incumbent.
Perpetually prone to controversy, Scott's reign as head of Florida politics has been a goldmine of national political fodder, and his streak is bound to continue.
Check out HuffPost Miami's top picks for Scott's worst moments of 2012:
In one of his most controversial moves since entering office, Scott pushed for local supervisors of elections in Florida's 67 counties to purge as many as <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/11/rick-scott-florida-suing-government-voter-purge_n_1588012.html">182,000 voters</a> from registries in advance of the 2012 election. After push back from the U.S. Justice Department, election supervisors distributed a smaller list of more than 2,600 names. In the end, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/florida-voter-purge-rick-scott_n_1879515.html">only 207 voters were found</a> to be ineligible to vote.
Doctored Front Page
The Governor caught flack when his Facebook team <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/rick-scott-facebook_n_1417499.html">posted a photoshopped front-page story from The Miami Herald</a> touting how a "New Law Helps Put Floridians Back To Work" underneath a promotional heading with a link to his website. The paper's managing editor contacted the Republican Party of Florida and told them to take down the false image. "The posting of a fraudulent front page of The Miami Herald is unacceptable,'' Rick Hirsch said. "Not only is it a fraud on the public, but it is trademark infringement for use of our masthead in a fake edition, and copyright infringement for those portions of the front page that were not fabricated."
Docs v. Glocks
Gov. Scott <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/docs-vs-glocks-appeal-ric_n_1720370.html">pushed back</a> when a federal judge ruled a law gagging Florida physicians from asking patients if they owned guns unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge cited the government-imposed gag order as a violation of free speech protection under the First Amendment.
The Governor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/rick-scott-hired-boletera-boletero_n_1890552.html"> reportedly put a <em>boletera</em> -- or a ballot broker -- on his payroll</a> in advance of his razor-thin 2010 election win. Such agents have the unsavory reputation of garnering votes for candidates at elderly homes and assisted-living facilities. While there, boleteros are alleged to fraudulently cast ballots under the guise of providing an easier absentee voting experience for senior citizens.
Upon meeting the King of Spain, Rick Scott and his accompanying wife Ann made a <em><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/rick-scott-king-of-spain-elephant_n_1542066.html">faux pas</a></em> of international proportions. The King was reeling from a public relations mess after his lavish and poorly-received elephant hunting trip in Africa. Scott introduced himself and said, "I still want to hear -- I've ridden elephants, I've never tried to shoot one."
First-Time Drug Offenders
The Governor <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/10/gov-rick-scott-vetoes-bil_n_1414758.html">vetoed a bill aimed at shorter jail stays and rehab</a> for first-time minor drug offenders. Another legislative push by then-State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale), it passed with rare bipartisan votes in both state chambers and was touted as another way to tighten the state's budget. Scott cited "public safety" as a reason for his veto, a point Bogdanoff called a lie.
Declined To Extend Early Voting
Following numerous requests and poll waits that stretched for as long as eight hours, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/3-4m-early-ballots-cast-in-october_n_2059230.html">Gov. Scott refused to extend early voting </a> in advance of the November 6th election. Just months before, the governor approved a bill from the GOP-dominated Florida legislature that reduced early voting days from 14 to eight days, despite precedent set by Florida's two prior (and Republican) governors, who implemented two-week early voting efforts in 2004 and 2008.
Lack Of Transparency
When Gov. Scott first arrived to office, he introduced Project Sunburst to provide greater transparency in state government by allowing all emails sent from state addresses to be publicly accessible. Yet <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/rick-scott-emails-omitted-project-sunburst_n_1723747.html">the governor reportedly skirts the program</a> by avoiding use of his state-issued email, opting for a different email account used <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/07/30/v-fullstory/2922086/scott-omits-email-account-from.html">almost exclusively by conservative supporters</a>.
During a recent meningitis outbreak in Florida, the Governor issued a phone number to report such incidences to state officials in an effort to stem the outbreak -- but the number announced by Scott was that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/10/rick-scott-phone-sex-hotline-meningitis_n_1954060.html"> for a sex hotline instead</a>.
Gov. Scott signed an agricultural bill that included an amendment reversing a law that made dyeing animals, like this highlighter pink rabbit, illegal. Placed into the bill by recently-ousted State Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff (R-Fort Lauderdale) in March, animal rights groups balked at the proposal, <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/florida-governor-rick-scott-do-not-allow-rabbits-and-chickens-to-be-artificially-dyed">aggressively petitioning</a> Scott to veto it. He <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/07/rick-scott-approves-artif_n_1409749.html">approved it</a>, instead, in April.
Closes TB Hospital
The Governor closed the state's only tuberculosis hospital in spite of an outbreak months earlier. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/florida-tuberculosis-outbreak-kept-secret_n_1658916.html">Citing declining cases, Scott shut down A. G. Holley State Hospital</a> in Palm Beach. This came just months after the Center for Disease Control reported that Florida experienced the largest TB outbreak in the country in 20 years, largely among the homeless.
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