Gov. Rick Scott announced today that he has sold Florida to the Koch brothers. Residents across the state have 60 days to vacate their properties or sign lease agreements with Koch Industries, the second largest privately-owned company in the United States.
David and Charles Koch are the billionaire supporters behind the Tea Party and Republican governors like Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich and Florida’s Rick Scott. They support the think-tanks that advised Gov. Scott to not accept $2 billion from the federal government for the high-speed rail project that would have connected Tampa and Orlando, and also supported the GOP efforts to bust the public employee unions across the country.
Rick Scott, also a conservative Republican billionaire, plucked the Florida governor’s job from the party establishment in November with $73 million of his own money and the backing of the Tea Party and vowed during his campaign to run the troubled state like a corporate chief executive and not a politician.
Like any good corporate CEO, Scott saw an opportunity to make a profit on his campaign investment and bailed before things got too hot to handle.