Scott lashes out at McCollum, press over Solantic allegations

By | 08.10.10 | 9:38 pm

In a press conference yesterday, Rick Scott dismissed allegations surrounding Solantic, the urgent-care company he helped found, by returning to his usual trope. He said the allegations were the product of the last-ditch campaign tactics of a “career politician” bent on attacking businessmen with lies and lawsuits.

The company itself was equally dismissive.

Solantic administrators called Prokes a disgruntled former employee who was fired in 2009 for fraudulently prescribing drugs, in a conference call with reporters. Dr. Nate Newman, chief medical officer for Solantic, said the claims by Prokes were “untrue and unfounded.”

“We’re concerned Solantic is being unfairly and wrongly used by the McCollum campaign as a political stunt,” said Newman, who called the chain of clinics “a real company that employees real-life Floridians.”

At the Tallahassee presser, Scott’s campaign even handed out a flow-chart alleging how McCollum’s campaign had fed the Prokes complaint to state law enforcement and reporters over the last month in an effort to drum up negative media coverage of Scott.

At the press conference, which can be seen here, Scott said he was “very proud” of Solantic and called the lawsuit filed by Steven Andrews (who donated the maximum $500 to McCollum’s campaign) “bogus.” Andrews is seeking the release of a deposition Scott took in one of the cases in which a doctor alleged his license was misused by the company.

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