Saturday, September 20th, 2014

PolitiFact Florida exclusive: Rick Scott wouldn't be Florida's first bald governor

Rick Scott (right) would not be the first bald governor if elected in November. Harrison Reed (left) has that honor.
Rick Scott (right) would not be the first bald governor if elected in November. Harrison Reed (left) has that honor.

2010 is a historic election year in Florida.

A gripping three-way U.S. Senate race that could decide the balance of power in Washington. Competitive races for the state Cabinet. A proposed constitutional amendment that could shape state growth for decades.

Then there's the governor's race, where the Nov. 2 election will produce either Florida's first female chief executive or, a leading Republican says, its first bald one.

(Cue screeching of brakes.) You read that right — bald.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher made that claim about Rick Scott on Sept. 10 at a victory party in Scott's honor. "Rick, we will be the first party to elect a bald guy to governor," was the exact quote, according to the Associated Press' Brendan Farrington.

 

Read the result of that exclusive investigation here.