Florida nursing home operators are still peeved at Jeb Bush, weeks after the governor vetoed a $91-million appropriation to pay for staffing increases the Legislature mandated five years ago.
Now the nursing home industry is channeling its anger into bundling checks for Attorney General Charlie Crist in the Republican primary for governor. A June 15 letter from the Florida Health Care Association PAC to its members begins by taking Bush to task for the veto, "done with very little warning and without direct discussions with providers. We ask your help that this does not happen again."
The PAC's stated goal: raise Crist $50,000 by June 30. "We seek to show that long term care, as a whole, supports him." Those who send $500 checks will get a private audience with Crist at the group's annual conference on Friday in Orlando. "This event is set up especially for those who support his campaign," said the letter, signed by two FHCA officials.