"Florida voters might want to think about that decision as they sit in traffic jams, burning up $4-a-gallon gasoline," the editorial continued. "In fact, some of them clearly have thought about it because Mr. Scott now has some of the worst approval ratings of a Florida official in the last decade."
Along with Scott, the liberal-leaning editorial board also criticized Govs. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio), who also turned away federal rail funds, are "Refusenik Republicans" who "glorify shopworn principles like smaller government and states' rights."
Scott has not yet commented on the money he rejected being redirected to other states. But when it was announced that Congress was cutting $1.5 billion in high-speed rail money in its deal to avert a government shutdown, Scott took credit for being prescient.
"This weekend as Washington, D.C., insiders struggled to find billions to prevent a government shutdown, they found $1.5 billion worth of taxpayer money exactly where Governor Rick Scott left it: in the boondoggle high speed rail proposal," his office said in a statement in early April.
Several supporters of rail projects in other states sarcastically thanked Scott for the money that was awarded to their states Monday.
NYT editorial: Scott's rejection of rail funds 'thoughtless'
By Keith Laing - 05/10/11 02:18 PM EDT