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Rick Scott Appoints Shutts & Bowen Lawyer to State Ethics Commission

Rick Scott never rests. Every day, he comes up with another assault on the senses of good Floridians.  

​Today, in another example of Scott's incredible disdain for all that is good and holy, the governor appointed attorney Linda Robison to the Florida Commission on Ethics. Who is Robison? Well, she's a health-care attorney who lists among her specialties the defense of hospitals and clinics against fraud allegations. So naturally she's thought of fondly by Scott, whose former hospital company committed the greatest health care fraud in U.S. history. Who knows what his new one, Solantic, will be capable of before it's over.

But that's not the worst part. It's the fact that Robison's law firm, Shutts & Bowen, is at the epicenter of influence-peddling in Broward County. 

​Among the firm's attorneys is George Platt, a former county commissioner turned lobbyist (revolving door, anyone?) who has made it a habit to hire politicians' relatives to work at Shutts & Bowen as a way to increase his influence. You also have Alex Heckler, who comes up in the Beth Talabisco criminal corruption case as someone who helped set up a political slush fund that was secretly bankrolled by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait. 

Robison, of course, has every right to do what she does for a living, as does Platt and Heckler, but they are the antithesis of government watchdogs. This is the same guy who put a shipyard executive in charge of environmental protection and a developer in charge of the state's growth management. 

Inside, see a video of Scott getting absolutely taken to the woodshed by none other than anchorman Rick Sanchez. It's classic viewing -- and makes his subsequent ascendance to the governor's mansion all the more surreal. 

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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