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Scott slams questions about his medical business

Orlando Sentinel, August 11, 2010

Former healthcare CEO Rick Scott lashed out Tuesday at his Republican primary foe in the governor's race, Attorney General Bill McCollum, accusing him of harassing employees and patients of a medical company Scott founded. During an impromptu press conference, Scott ripped McCollum as "the Tonya Harding of Florida politics" for what he described as an underhanded attempt to dig up dirt that could boost McCollum's gubernatorial hopes. "I'm fed up. I'm fed up with this junk," Scott told reporters. The former Columbia/HCA hospital chief said he had decided to fly into Tallahassee to speak with reporters because McCollum's campaign was calling employees and former patients of Solantic — a chain of 34 walk-in medical clinics targeting the uninsured. "His campaign's dying. He's trying to come up with some way to smear me. That's what this is about, Chicago-style smear politics," Scott said.