Long before they could tackle issues like Florida's economy, education funding or crime rates during tonight's televised debate, Gov. Rick Scott took a proud stand on a far more important issue: Charlie Crist's fan.
Crist, for the uninitiated, has always insisted on having a fan blowing his direction during live appearances. He got one under his podium for tonight's debate at Broward College. Scott -- the governor of our fine state -- retaliated by refusing to come out for tonight's debate. Really!
UPDATE: Here's video of the truly strange situation. (H/T to Random Pixels.)
Enjoy the meltdown in real time:
"Are we really going to debate about the fan? Or are we going to debate education, and the issues?" - Charlie Crist #FLGovDebate— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) October 15, 2014
Bizarre.— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) October 15, 2014
"Ladies and gentlemen, that has to be one of the most unique beginnings to a debate" Elliot Rodriguez, debate moderator sums it best— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) October 15, 2014
Eventually, Scott dropped his protest -- which apparently rested on a ban on "electronic devices" on stage -- and came out to debate.
OK, that was just bizarre. But Crist got to keep his fan. (Never let them see you sweat. ) #nextflgov debate / Brit— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) October 15, 2014
Crist, of course, wasted no time getting in a dig at the governor in his first answer:
Florida! The magic never ends.
Maybe we should install some fans at the Governor's Mansion to keep Scott out of there, too.— Alfred Spellman (@AlfredSpellman) October 15, 2014
UPDATE: In case you really need to know who was right about fangate, it sure looks like Crist's signed debate rules included a handwritten agreement to let him use the fan: