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Could “Hulkamania” be making its way to the U.S. Senate? If one high profile supporter of President Donald Trump has his way, that might just be the case.
In an interview with GOP communications consultant Patrick Slevin on his online blog, Roger Stone – a long-time Republican consultant, lobbyist and strategist who has spent decades working with Trump and was a onetime advisor to his campaign – said he is working on trying to convince the wrestling icon and Florida native Hulk Hogan to run for the office in 2018.
“At a minimum, I hope to convince Hogan to body slam Scott in every debate,” Stone said. “If (Florida Governor Rick Scott) is under the impression that his personal responsibility for $1 billion in Medicaid fraud is no longer an issue, he’s wrong.”
Scott, who cannot run again for re-election due to term limits, is thought by many to likely run for the GOP nomination to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in what could be a hotly contested race.
Before serving two terms as Governor, Scott served as the head of Columbia/HCA – a for profit health care provider – before resigning in 1997 after controversy over Medicare fillings. The company eventually admitted to various crimes and paid a $660 million fine, though Scott was never charged with any crimes.
Hogan is a native of the Tampa Bay area, continuing to live near Clearwater after his long career in wrestling and acting. He has been active in philanthropies in the area, but has never run for public office.