Christopher Ruddy, the publisher of West Palm Beach based Newsmax Magazine who has built a publishing empire that speaks for Republicans throughout the nation has strongly voiced his support for Governor Rick Scott’s flip-flop on Medicaid. Ruddy, for those who don’t know is about as influential an opinion leader as the GOP has in southeast Florida and he also boasts a very strong national following.
Based on the editorial Ruddy has tried to refocus the debate against the “liberal media” always a favorite target of his as well as reinforcing Scott’s “bona-fides” on Obamacare opposition. This editorial could very well indicate how Scott plans to mollify dissent on the right about his decision. Consider Ruddy’s editorial a “trial balloon” for the Governor to see if these types of arguments work with conservatives throughout the state. It could also indicate a certain amount of rallying around the flag among Republican establishment figures.
Tomorrow, I will share my own views about Rick Scott’s flip-flop and what it means for 2014.