Senator Rick Scott represents Florida in the United States Senate. He holds the position of chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in addition to being a Republican.
As a result, in addition to the regular responsibilities that come with being a senator, Rick is also expected to continually spread smears about President Joe Biden and Democrats in general. There is no shame in that. This is how politics works.
But earlier this week, Rick Scott unleashed a clod of mud that ended up being somewhat counterproductive.
If you’re going to single someone out for taking a trip to Delaware for their vacation… Perhaps you shouldn’t send the Tweet while you’re relaxing on the deck of a luxury yacht while it sails along the coast of Italy.
The media discovered that Rick Scott sent the aforementioned tweet criticizing other people’s vacations while he himself was on vacation aboard a luxury yacht that is currently cruising the Mediterranean off the coast of Italy. Axios spoke to three separate sources, all of whom corroborated the rumors regarding Scott’s extravagant vacation.
When you consider Rick Scott’s personal wealth, this Tweet gaffe has an especially rich tone to it.
Members of Congress provide wide and varying ranges of their net worths in annual disclosures, but Rick Scott is the richest person in Congress, surpassing the second-place person by around $100 million, depending on how you measure the most recent financial disclosures.
Rick served as the Chief Executive Officer of a healthcare company called Columbia/HCA before entering politics. At the height of its success, Columbia/HCA was the most successful health care provider organized for profit in the United States.
In 1997, agents from the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services conducted a search warrant at Columbia/HCA. In the end, it was determined that the company had committed fraud against a number of different federal programmes, including Medicare and Medicaid. Rick resigned as CEO not long after the raid and took stock worth $300 million with him when he left the company.
Rick invoked his right to the Fifth Amendment seventy-five times during the deposition he gave in the year 2000. In the end, Columbia/HCA entered a guilty plea to 14 felony charges and agreed to pay fines totaling $1.7 billion.
In 2003, Rick and his wife spent $11.5 million to purchase a beachfront home in Naples, Florida that was 17,000 square feet in size. It is currently estimated that this house is worth thirty million dollars… On the other hand, if it were sold to the right buyer in the right market, it could be worth closer to $40 million or $50 million, based on comparable sales in Florida.
According to the most up-to-date information that he has disclosed regarding his finances, Rick Scott’s net worth is somewhere in the neighborhood of $166 million to $355 million.
Joe Biden was frequently referred to as “one of the poorest members of Congress” for a number of years before he was elected as Vice President in 2008. This lasted for several decades.
In 2016, when Joe Biden’s tenure as Vice President came to an end, he had a net worth of $1.5 million.
The most recent financial disclosure that Biden has provided indicates that he currently has a net worth of $9 million.
The vast majority of his personal fortune comes from royalties, advances on book sales, and speeches that he has given.
Joe and Jill Biden made a combined total of $17 million in income from the day that Joe Biden left the White House until the day that he announced his campaign for president.