October 15, 2014 9:07 pm -

The Florida Governor apparently has an aversion to small fans. When the gubernatorial debate was set to start, neither candidate was onstage, and there was an announcement saying that neither would be participating.

Rick Scott freaked out over a small fan at Charlie Crist’s feet.

[su_center_ad]“As you can see, the two candidates on this stage invited to participate in this debate are not stepping up,” anchor Eliott Rodriguez said after he had introduced the panelists and journalists covering the debate, according to My Fox Tampa Bay. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have an extremely peculiar situation right now,” he continued.

Charlie Crist walked onstage to applause but Rick Scott still refused to come out.

Rodriguez informed the audience that Scott was in the building — but would not be coming on stage.

“We have been told Governor Rick Scott will not be participating in this debate,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez continued to explain that the delay was due to a small fan under Crist’s podium. Crist is known in media circles for always having or requesting a fan during interviews.

An image of the scary fan:

The anchor said that the Scott campaign protested the fan ahead of time.

“Governor Crist has asked to have a small fan placed under his podium,” Rodriguez said. “The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign say that there should be no fan. Somehow, there is a fan there, and for that reason ladies and gentlemen, I am being told that Governor Scott will not join us for this debate.”

One of the panelists asked Crist, who was still standing at the podium without his opponent onstage, if there was a rule that there would be no fan.

“Are we really going to debate about a fan?” Crist responded, a remark which was met with applause.

After awhile, Governor Scott finally walked onstage, and shook hands with Crist, which I’m sure was a totally genuine gesture considering he had a fit over a freaking fan.


I had a fan just like that when I lived in New York City. It was really skeery, too.

The hashtag #FanGate is trending, because scary fans.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

38 responses to Gov Rick Scott Refuses To Debate Charlie Crist Because Of A Small Fan

  1. Tommy6860 October 15th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Scott needs an air conditioner to help with testicular perspiration, that what he askeered over. #NoBalls

    • tracey marie October 15th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      very clever

      • Tommy6860 October 15th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

        Scott knows he needs all the help he can get to prevent himself from making “rash” comments. :P.

        • rg9rts October 16th, 2014 at 4:29 am

          Maybe he should keep his mouth shut….but it is a gopee fault

  2. Budda October 15th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Petty. We all know the real reason he won’t debate.

  3. KB723 October 15th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Heh, I thought they were talking about a midget or something, Hmmm a Fan Huh???

  4. Larry Schmitt October 15th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    And the voting public is supposed to take these two seriously? Where are they, nursery school?

    • Roctuna October 16th, 2014 at 7:27 am

      You’re right! The childish gamesmanship is ridiculous. Scott knew that Crist “is known in media circles” for having a fan, hence Scott negotiates “rules” that ban fans. When Crist gets his fan anyway, Scott pouts.

  5. burqa October 15th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    If we let Crist have a small fan then we gotta let Scott have one. Pretty soon we’ll see other candidates want small fans on stage and wouldn’t that be a fine kettle of fish?

    • fahvel October 16th, 2014 at 3:38 am

      yeah, ya think your bein funny – but wat happins when we all start caryin are fanz in Krogers – ya no, strapped over are shoulders and damn the breeeez?

      • Larry Schmitt October 16th, 2014 at 7:49 am

        Now that’s funny! And you even got the spelling down.

      • Mainah October 16th, 2014 at 9:01 am


  6. edmeyer_able October 15th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yep Florida, you can bring a gun to church but not a fan to a debate…go figure.

    • Pilotshark October 16th, 2014 at 10:27 am

      funny Charlies FAN seem to be standing it`s ground.

  7. searambler October 15th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    One would think Scott would welcome a fan, to blow away all that hot air…

  8. jsw7533 October 15th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    At least Crist has one fan…

  9. whatthe46 October 16th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    for crying out loud.

  10. rg9rts October 16th, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Scott show that he is mature and a real class act….

    • Hirightnow October 16th, 2014 at 8:23 am

      No, he fumbled his way through the debate after someone in his camp told him that he looked like an idiot for whining about a fan.
      He lost this debate, hands down, by complaining about his opponent having a fan…in FREAKING FLORIDA!

  11. Mainah October 16th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Well that was foolish. It’s a fan. What if Christ has a condition where he needs one? That’s ridiculous but I’m from Maine and have a Governor that refused to debate Michaud because of third party ad that accurately reported LePage’s own words calling Social Security welfare and wouldn’t denounce it. I’m sick of the baby fits and diva-like mentality. They are suppose to be servants of the people they represent. Public service is not suppose to be some type “superstar” status. Is this really our legacy? That we can’t be above the gamesmanship? That we can’t reason things out? That we can’t find middle ground? After all, the ability to compromise is the mature, adult thing to do. I’m just not seeing a lot of that and haven’t for quite some time.

  12. Farrightofleft October 16th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Interesting how “liberaland” has selective Omnesia when it comes to knowing the rules of debate. Having a debate is against the rules. But for Floridians, who are already familiar with Charlie Crist tactics, going against the rules is NOT a foreign concept for Crist.

    We already know liars need a fan because liars sweat when they lie! lol

    • Anomaly 100 October 16th, 2014 at 9:53 am

      You’re askeered of fans, too?

      • Farrightofleft October 16th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

        No, just stupid people who refuse to play by the rules.

        • Anomaly 100 October 16th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

          Scott couldn’t even explain why he delayed the debate. You should choose your heroes more wisely. He’s as corrupt as they come.

          • Farrightofleft October 17th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

            @Anomaly Scott explained it well.
            Too bad U have selective listening.
            And you should choose your “heroes” not based on the letter D-prefix alone. lol

          • Anomaly 100 October 18th, 2014 at 9:13 am

            That’s cute but I vote for the best person not the letter. I’m not a rabid right winger who excuses the poorest choice a state can offer such as Scott who is inundated with corruption.

            But, since you like corrupt arseholes, I guess he’s a great choice for you. “Lol”

          • Farrightofleft October 19th, 2014 at 10:20 am

            Obamanite please! The fact that you have to call me a “rabid right-winger” TELLS EVERYONE that you are a typical party voter.

            If you really were against “corruption” you would have investigated Crist a long time ago.

            But keep hitting that blame the Reps/Bush button handy, Obama still has two more years left! Crist won’t have a chance! Keep walking Obamanite, the Kool-Aid stand is to….. THE LEFT!

            ACTUALLY, I can see November from my House! 😉

          • Anomaly 100 October 19th, 2014 at 10:22 am

            Have a nice day.

        • Clear_view October 16th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

          Rules like dont steal the medicare tax dollars? Scott is a MAJOR THIEF

          • Farrightofleft October 17th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

            Or, the millions Cristy received from companies like Duke Energy but sure mentions donations to Rick’s campaign? And let’s not forget the several people in prison who also donated heavily to Crist. But don’t worry, I’m sure this time he won’t step down, or switch AGAIN when things get tough……. AGAIN

        • GreatLakeSailor October 16th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

          Despite what the moderator claimed, the fan was specifically allowed under the negotiated rules of the debate*.

          *As reported by conservative Nicolle Wallace on The View.

          • Farrightofleft October 17th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

            Because Nicolle Wallace is so honest and trustworthy, especially theIR View. lol #EcucationDefeatsPropaganda

    • GreatLakeSailor October 16th, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      And here’s proof you are wrong. Facts, they’re a bitch for RWNJs.

      • Farrightofleft October 17th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

        And someone else’s tweet is “proof”
        Instead of copying and pasting, do some investigating.

        • GreatLakeSailor October 18th, 2014 at 9:23 am

          When it’s a picture of the agreement posted by the crist staffer that negotiated & signed it, and unchallenged in its authenticity by the event organizers, yes, that’s what us folks outside the FoxFearBubble call proof.

          Maybe you’ll feel better after you write this week’s check to SarahPAC and get in some quality time with Sean and BillO?

  13. Farrightofleft October 16th, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Lying and cheating is not a foreign concept for Crist.

  14. Pilotshark October 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Out for Halloween
    Rick Scott brings back his caricature of Skealtor in

    FANtrum of the FANgazziGate.

  15. Clear_view October 16th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    HE’S GOT A FAN!! HE’S GOT A FAN!! ….really Scott, you thief! The debate rules said “no electronics”. That means cel phones, tablets ect. A fan is not an “electronics”. Douch bag!!