Kurt Eichenwald is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and a former senior writer and investigative reporter for the New York Times. He has two prestigious George Polk awards under his belt, including one for his coverage of corruption at Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation, the nation's largest hospital chain run by Rick Scott.
If not for his journalistic chops and reputation, Eichenwald, 53, would look like a thoroughly reckless hack doing what he did yesterday: Firing off tweet after tweet about Gov. Scott, essentially calling him a crook and hurling out anecdotes that he he apparently was never comfortable enough to report in the New York Times.
I spoke 2 FBI agent after Rick Scott became gov of FL. Had investigated him earlier. "That man is a crook." But DOJ passed cause case 2 hard
When I was writing bout Rick Scotts company, found sealed deposition from guy linking Rick Scott to fraud. But, because man was drunk.......at the time the event he described took place, I decided that made it too dicey to print. I wish I had listened to others who disagreed.
Had the Columbia/HCA case had broken after corporate fraud cases became huge focus during Bush Admin, Rick Scott would still be in jail.
I have investigated dozens of corporate fraud cases. Rick Scott was one of the 2 creepiest criminals I ever met. Amoral machiavellian.
Rick Scott's campaign slogan: "Sure my company defrauded Medicare of billions. But they didn't charge me! I wasn't doing my job. Vote Scott"
Scott campaign spokeswoman Jackie Schutz responded: "So – Charlie Crist's top fundraisers go to jail…one of them says he had a deal with Crist to sell judges, one he put in charge of the Republican Party of Florida where he defrauded Floridians. Now, there is a quasi-ponzi scheme fraud case tied to Crist and his then-girlfriend who got $80 million directly from the state when Crist was Governor. All the old mudslinging about the past can't hide charlie's corruption problems in the present."