Charlie Crist says Rick Scott 'incompetent,' casts doubt on All Aboard Florida

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 8:15am


By Anthony Man Sun Sentinel August 5, 2014 Sun Sentinel

 Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor seeking the Democratic nomination to run for his old job, visited the Sun Sentinel on Tuesday, where he was interviewed by editorial writers and reporters.

 As he has all through the campaign, Crist focused on Republican Gov. Rick Scott, ignoring Nan Rich, his opponent in the Democratic primary, except when he was directly questioned about her.

 He repeatedly excoriated Scott. “This administration is incompetent. Incompetent. Whether it’s transportation, our environment, education, DOC, across the board. You know they’ve got changing heads of departments that are spinning around up there. Maybe it’s not fun to work with the guy. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not working, and I know we can do better.’

  On high speed rail, something that Scott rejected federal funding for, and on All Aboard Florida, a plan to bring rail service from South Florida to Orlando.

  “This All Aboard Florida thing. I’m not going to denounce it, but I have serious concerns about the whole thing. We have a governor who turned down the fast, clean rail and now seems to embrace wholeheartedly the slower, noisy – what is it 32 trips a day – rail down the East Coast. And it seems like a lot of people on the East Coast aren’t real interested and aren’t all aboard. And so it seems to me that investing in infrastructure … making good decisions, not bad ones. So what can I do differently? Everything. I would do everything different from this guy.”

  So are you for or against All Aboard Florida?

  “I have serious concerns about it. I haven’t reached a final conclusion. But I think high speed rail is much better for Florida than what this thing looks like. And especially the process by which it came about. I mean to have the chief of staff of the governor advocating for it before he becomes the chief of staff and then he becomes the chief of staff. I mean it’s a mess.”