#Fangate “The Winds have changed in Florida”
In Florida on October 15, 2014 the gubernatorial debate was planned to take place without delay. The two candidates running for the governor’s seat are Gov. Rick Scott (R) and former Gov. Charlie Crist. On Wednesday night the attention of the audience of this state-wide, televised event was not focused on the issues that were set up to be discussed. In Bailey Hall at Broward College after neither Scott nor Crist went on stage for about four to five minutes the moderator Elliot Rodriguez, tried to explain the situation that was going on. The current Gov. Rick Scott refused to take the stage because under his opponent’s podium was a small black fan. Gov. Crist is pretty well known around Florida for his fans, having them almost every time he is in the public eye. Knowing this Scott put in the contract that Crist signed, to have no type of electronics on stage. Crist political campaign ignored that and put on it the podium anyway. Rodriguez goes on to explain that “Gov. Scott will not be participating in this debate…” to which the audience replies with laughter and booing. A couple seconds later as the three moderators decided what to do next, Gov. Scott comes out and they begin.
The former Gov. Charlie Crist does have history with fans in general. It’s a part of his image, not letting people see him sweat to the extent that there is a twitter account called “Charlie Crist Fan”. He once spend over 300 dollars on portable fans for a trade mission to Europe. What I don’t understand is if fans are that important to his “image” as a calm under pressure candidate, he should not have agreed and signed a contract to their next debate that fans are strictly prohibited from.
With the current Gov. Rick Scott, I strongly think he wouldn’t have come out on stage if the audience had not reacted as they did. It was a tactic to put in the first contract no electronics and once Crist started using the stage time to his advantage Scott had to come out. Crist did however, when asked by another moderator Rosemary Goudreau about it if he knew that it was in the rules that he could not have a fan. Dodging the question directly, stating “Are we really going to debate about a fan? Shouldn’t we be debating … the future of our state?”
This situation to me was easily laughable and the more information I found out, the more ridiculous it got. Fangate couldn’t have helped the average Florida voter to decide who their next governor was going to be. It made it harder.
The common thought now is that both candidates tried to throw each other off by adding unnecessary items to the contract and by sneaking a quiet tiny fan in his podium.
Do you think it matters if the fan “magically” showed up on stage or should the moderators have went by the contract that each of the candidates signed and went from there? And why?