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Rick Scott Defeats Charlie Crist in Florida Gubernatorial Race

6a00d8341c730253ef0147e1c6faeb970b-800wiFormer Republican Governor Charlie Crist, who was seeking Florida's top office again, this time as a Democrat, lost to incumbent Republican Rick Scott yesterday. The New York Times reports: 

Despite Mr. Scott’s lack of popularity among voters, his victory was a testament, in large part, to an aggressive campaign that highlighted Florida’s economic turnaround during his tenure while also pummeling Mr. Crist with negative advertisements.

His win, although slight, came with the Florida Republican establishment’s full support, something he did not enjoy in 2010 when he beat out Bill McCollum, the party favorite, in the primary.

Still, Mr. Scott failed to capture a majority of voters, which may complicate his efforts to lead a politically mixed state in his second term.

Mr. Crist was unable to overcome months of attack ads, which constantly referred to him as a “flip-flopper” for switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

Scott's victory means that the fate of gay marriage in the Sunshine State continues to be uncertain, as Scott has made it clear he intends to leave the question of how to handle legal challenges to state Attorney General Pam Bondi, who for her part has been adamant about defending the ban. Scott has meanwhile been unswayed by calls (including one made by Crist) for him to stop defending the anti-equality law that voters passed in 2008. 

Though now a proponent of marriage equality, in 2006 Crist signed a petition supporting a state-wide constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. 


Heartbreaking Video of Florida Widower Calling Out Governor Scott On Marriage: WATCH

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Freedom to Marry has posted a new video that highlights just how important time can be in the fight for marriage equality. The video is a testimonial from Jorge Goytizolo of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida who shares his story of losing his husband Phillip Parrish in May to brain cancer and having to raise their two children without him all while the state refuses to recognize him as Parrish's spouse. Florida currently has a ban on same-sex marriage in place, though it is being challenged in the courts. 

Addressing Florida Governor Rick Scott, Goytizolo implores, "I know it is too late for me - but I ask Governor Scott to lift the ban on same-sex marriage so other couples can not go through the same worries I am going through at this time. Please, let them marry."

Many others have called on Governor Scott to stop defending the state's marriage ban including DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor and Florida newsman Michael Putney, to name only a couple. Flordia's Attorney General Pam Bondi continues to defend the ban while Scott pretends that the decision on whether to defend the ban is up to Bondi and Bondi alone.

Watch the heartwrenching video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Edie Windsor Urges Florida Governor Rick Scott to Stop Fighting Gay Marriage - AUDIO

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Edie Windsor has a message for slimy Florida Governor Rick Scott, who continues to hide his fight against marriage equality behind Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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News Anchor Slams Florida Gov. Rick Scott for 'Appalling' Refusal To Take Responsibility For Preventing Same-Sex Marriages: VIDEO

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ABC News Anchor Micahel Putney recently slammed Florida Governor Rick Scott for his refusal to own up to the fact that same-sex marriage is illegal in Florida in no small part because of his actions. While the state's ban on same-sex marriage has been fought in the courts, Attorney General Pam Bondi has continued to defend it. Scott meanwhile has claimed, 'he doesn't have a thing to do with it', a claim Putney is quick to refute:

"That is just nonsense. Governor Scott is the top elected official in the state. If he didn't want Attorney General Bondi to file those appeals he can simply call her up and say, "hey stop it." Or he can order her to stop it. That's what Governor Scott Walker did in Wisconsin, what the governor of Virginia did, they did it in Arizona...The fact that Gov. Scott refuses to take responsibility [for preventing same-sex marriage] is appalling. But it's not the first time."

Watch Putney's spot-on take down of Scott, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Have a Field Day Over the Florida Gubernatorial Electric Fan Debate: VIDEO

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As anticipated, the Wednesday debate night snafu between Florida Governor Rick Scott and challenger Charlie Crist over the use of an electric fan was first-rate fodder for both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert - with the two late night hosts having a blast mocking the absurdity of the whole "fangate" debacle. 

Said Colbert:

"Folks, clearly for Scott's campaign last night blew - and, if you turn the switch the other way, it sucked. But the whole thing is unfair. I don't blame Crist for wanting to bring his own coolant - based on that skin tone I'd say his core temperature is about 450 degrees."

Said Stewart:

"Honestly, we could have delved into all the terrible, actual answers Rick Scott gave in the debate about his horrifying policies for Florida, but that is not nearly as fun as him missing four minutes of a debate because his opponent had a fan pointed at his balls."

Check out the funny segments, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you happened to have missed the "extremely peculiar situation" from Wednesday's debate, you can watch that HERE

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'Extremely Peculiar Situation' Delays Florida Gubernatorial Debate: VIDEO

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Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to come out on stage for a debate against challenger Charlie Crist last night because of an "extremely peculiar situation."

"As you can see, the two candidates who were invited to take part in this debate, right now, are not stepping up on the stage."

Watch the madness go down in the Sunshine State, AFTER THE JUMP...

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