In case you missed it, Gov. Rick Scott refused to go onstage at a live debate last night after learning his Democratic challenger, former governor Charlie Crist, had equipped his podium with an electric fan to keep cool under the hot lights of the Broward College stage.
Although to the average viewer, it looked as if Scott was behaving like a self-satisifed hall monitor, it appears he believed stalling the debate and pouting backstage was an appropriate way to address what he called a rule violation. (Of course, it’s the Republican way of life to obstruct whatever business is going on until you get your way.)
Scott’s official explanation? He believed the small fan was officially classified as a “prop”, making it a violation of the debate’s rules. He wasn’t going to stand for that, so he instead left a live television audience waiting on him after he refused to participate in the debate.
It was an unusual moment in live television, to be sure. It left moderators stalling to the live studio audience as well as viewers at home as they tried to explain the disagreement.
“We have an extremely peculiar situation right now,” moderator Elliott Rodriguez, a local news anchor, said as the broadcast started.
“Are we really going to debate about a fan or are we going to talk about education, and the economy and the future of our state. I mean really!” Crist said while standing alone on stage.
Several minutes later, Scott finished pouting backstage and saw fit to join the debate.
Maybe he thought they would just call the whole election thing off?
Polls show the two candidates neck to neck in what is heating up to be a race full of foot stomping and finger-pointing. Rick Scott won his governor’s seat by only 60,000 votes in 2010.