"There's a million people not working in Florida. Why are we talking about the yacht all the time?'' Greene told the newspaper. "I care too much about my country to spend all my time talking about a yacht and Mike Tyson. Nobody cares about that except you."
Voters were less willing to penalize Scott for his vast holdings, which came in part from his time as chief executive of Columbia/HCA, the hospital chain that paid $1.7 billion in fines to settle the largest Medicare fraud case in U.S. history.
Disclosure forms he filed with the state describe $218 million in investments and a gulf-front Naples-area mansion he bought for $11 million and a separate yacht garage just a few blocks down the road. A review of the records by the local Marco Eagle newspaper listed Scott's interests in vast range of companies, including a Tennessee-based bowling alley chain, a social networking web site that targets Hispanics, and firms that deal in farm equipment, plastics, semi-conductors and airplane components.
While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be a notable exception, neither man had history on his side. "Being rich and using personal wealth doesn't guarantee winning," Wertheimer noted. "And in fact many self-funded candidates do not win."