Nancy Argenziano's powerful denunciation of Rick Scott

Deciding to hold her head high, Public Service Commission member Nancy Argenziano on Tuesday abruptly left the agency, saying she wanted to do whatever is in her power to make sure that Alex Sink, and not Rick Scott, is elected to be Florida's next Governor.

The former GOP state Senator from Citrus County, who has been derided by other Republicans in the Pasco/Citrus community as not being sufficiently conservative, said, "I am terrified if Rick Scott becomes Governor there is no check on the Legislature."

Back in the early summer, Argenziano, as well as fellow commissioner Nathan Skop, were rebuked by the PSC's nominated committee after they both rejected the largest rate increases ever submitted by two of the biggest utilities in the state,  Florida Power & Light and Progress Energy.

At that time, Argenziano blasted her fellow Republicans in the Legislature, saying:

"I take some pride in having leveled the playing field, consistent with the law, so that hte ratepayer, with no protection other than the integrity of five commissioners, could compete with the monopolies," she said. "That this should have cost me my job, given the decreptitude of the legislature, was a foregone conclusion."

The Miami Herald's Mary Ellen Klas has more:

Argenziano, who has been a harsh critic of the legislature and what she considers its corrupt manipulation of decision-making on the state's utility board, is out of a job because the legislatively-controlled PSC nominating council refused to reappoint her for a second term. She said she has no faith that Scott will stand up to the legislature and, judging by the "house cleaning" that has taken place under incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, she said she fears that the state's largest utility companies will run the process.

"I don't think somebody who has de-frauded Medicare has integrity,'' Argenziano said of Scott. The former chief executive of Columbia/HCA was never accused of fraud, although his company paid a record $1.7 billion federal fine for Medicare fraud after he resigned.

Argenziano, who has earned a reputation both in the legislature and on the commission as a maverick with a colorful tongue, said she has not spoken to Sink. "I hope she likes my supporting her — she may not," he said. Argenziano has no immediate plans for what she plans to do.

No official word from the Sink campaign, but that should be coming down soon.  Alex Sink can spend all the money she has raised on two minute ads, but a fellow Republican saying such things can prove fruitful in the short term.


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