TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott stepped down today as leader of the Sunshine State after confidential reports surfaced, which we will not share. These private, personal, legally protected documents, which are confidential, prove the governor withheld a 2008 diagnosis of adult Asperger Disorder from voters.
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll was immediately sworn into office as Florida’s 46th governor.
The Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger’s (DSM IV) lists marked impairment with social interactions, difficulty with fine and gross motor coordination and eye contact as indicators of the syndrome. Extreme passion about one or two topics and little patience for small talk are often associated characteristics of this syndrome the governor may or may not have.
We at GlossyNews respect the governor’s privacy, and will not disclose the contents of the report, even if it clearly stated a diagnosis of Aspergers, which is exactly what it said.
Childhood friends were quick to agree with the diagnosis, recalling Scott a loner who wore a necktie and plaid blazer for senior pictures. “I knew something was different about Rick,” said a classmate, who asked not to be identified. “He was over-the-top frugal, to the point where any conversation turned back to money and how to save every dime.”
Sally Brown remembers her interaction with the governor as rigid and bizarre. The mother of two approached Scott during an Orlando trip to promote the state’s back-to-school sales tax holiday. “I asked the governor if he had ever visited a public school. He just looked at me blankly and said, “Thank you for shopping Walmart. Have a nice day.” She shook her head. “I knew right then and there something was very wrong with Rick Scott. Now we know. Thank God he’s gone.”
Advocates for Asperger’s issued a statement indicating employed persons with Asperger’s may work differently, but that the difference is not necessarily a disadvantage, citing focus on detail as well as the ability to spot imperfections and enjoy highly repetitive work as positive strengths.
Gov. Scott has come under fire for targeting the middle class: slashing public-sector jobs, slashing taxes that fund Florida public education and cutting the prison budget in a state that already has the lowest state employee to resident ratio in the country.
Most recently, the governor finds himself a key player regarding a decision to close A.G. Holley State Hospital, a Florida tuberculosis care facility in spite of information received by the Center for Disease Control reporting an outbreak of the disease among the city of Jacksonville homeless.
An investigation is underway regarding the circumstances leading to the unauthorized release of Scott’s medical records.