So what was #fangate tonight and the giant mess about a fan derailing a debate? The Florida gubernatorial debate got off to an odd start tonight when Governor Rick Scott refused to come out to debate state issues because his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist, asked for and received a fan under his podium. The fan was not supposed to have been installed, which Scott later denied as the actual reason for his tardiness.
“We have been told Governor Scott will not be participating in this debate,” CBS Miami moderator Elliott Rodriguez said. “Now, let me explain what this is all about. Governor Crist has asked to have a fan, a small fan, placed underneath his podium. The rules of the debate that I was shown by the Scott campaign said that there should be no fan. Somehow there is a fan there and for that reason, ladies and gentlemen, Governor Scott will not join us for the debate.”