Rick Scott’s Billionaire Finance Co-Chairman Quits Campaign

March 22, 2014 12:21 p.m.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has lost the billionaire who served as the governor’s campaign finance co-chairman.

Billionaire Mike Fernandez, the chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, is quitting the campaign because of “behind-the-scenes disagreements” according to The Miami Herald.

“I am proud of the team the Governor has put together, and I am confident that we are on course for victory,” Fernandez wrote in a letter to Scott’s campaign.

Fernandez, however, has reportedly been dissatisfied with the direction of the campaign for weeks now. Fernandez first started expressing his problems with the campaign roughly a month ago when he emailed top Scott supporters complaining about a pair of campaign aides who made jokes in a Mexican accent on the way to a Mexican restaurant in Coral Gables, where Fernandez lives. Fernandez is Cuban.

But Fernandez isn’t completely done with the campaign. He plans to continue to support Scott and other Republicans and on Monday will host Republican Governors Association fundraiser for Scott featuring Mitt Romney.

Fernandez became a finance co-chairman in November. He donated $1 million to the campaign at that time, according to the Herald.

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