Micheal Foxheart ‘Rebel’ Script is an American executive, businessman, and politician currently serving as the 22nd Governor of Washington since 2005. A member of the Democratic Party, Michael was founder, owner, and CEO of Dignity Co. Running and winning as the 22nd Governor of Washington in 2004-5, he currently serves in that post.
Born on March 2nd, 1958 to William and Jeanine Schript, he was rich from birth to his parents operation of a Californian gold mine. He graduate from Harvard in 1980 with a degree in Finance, and went to Stanford for a Masters. Using seed money from his father and other family members, he founded Dignity Corporation, quickly amended to Dignity Co., a pharmaceutical and medical research corporation. Under good leadership and with continual financial aid from his father, it became a success, developing an effective medication against epilepsy and selling it to the highest bidder.
He continued running his business, and it continued thriving as he opened more branches across the country and across North America. In 1998, he put his company on the market, selling only 35% of it. He also joined the Democratic Party that year, contributing 15 million dollars to the campaign of Bill Clinton. His father died in 2004, leaving him the Schript family fortune, which by then was a fraction of the wealth of Micheal.
He used that money to begin a campaign in Washington to become Governor. He promised the supporting of small businesses and an infrastructure bill as key points, and also said that he would be socially progressive. He ran against the Republican candidate, Sherley Firns, outspending her by 134% to overcome his lack of reputation. He won with the support of 53% of the voting populace, and was inaugurated on January 12th, 2005.
He spent his first year tackling infrastructure. He announced in March that he would work with Democrats and bi-partisans to create an infrastructure bill. His plans came to fruition in July, he signed the Washington Trade, Spending, and Infrastructure Bill. The bill gave 24 billion dollars to upgrading ports and roads in Seattle and the coast to benefit from increasing Asian trade. It also gave infrastructure access to rural areas, including an internet connection guaranteed to every county.
In March, 2006, he announced the Small Business Support Act was entering the state HOR. The bill created the Washington Success Fund, which would give grants to those wishing to create a small business. He also signed a tax break on companies surfing on the Dot.com bubble, which he justified using Reagenomics. He was accused by a Washington Star journalist to be embezzling 6 billion dollars from the Washington Success Fund. This was found to be false, but he did admit to signing off on a 300 million dollar to a grant to his company, which he stipulated was not related to his status. Although he was found innocent by a fair margin, public support of him dipped as low as 31%, only recovering slightly after he signed the Social Acceptance Bill in late 2006.
2007 was mostly built around fixing Schript’s image in the aftermath of the Washington Success Scandal. He announced a trade bill in July, which would deregulate highly regulated industries and give subsidies to companies which employed Washingtonians. Today, his approval rating is 42%.
Life Before Politics
Born on March 2nd, 1958 in Spokane, Washington at Mother of God Lutheran Hospital, he was destined for wealth. He was born to an American industrialist named William Schript and an Army Nurse named Jeanine Schript, he wa to inherit the families fortune as the only son.
He was enrolled at St. Joseph High School in Spokane until High School, where he went to Spokane Public High School. It is said he almost flunked out in his 1st Year, but by his 4th Year, he was accepted into the Harvard undergraduate business program in 1980. He wrote his final on the applications of long-distance communication as a field. He was accepted to the Stanford Business Program, where he wrote his thesis on the regulation of the aviation field in Washington in 1982.
He was unemployed for 6 months, in which he met Amanda Frold, who he married in 1986, and moved back to Washington. He founded Dignity Co. in 1987, which he funded using seed money from his affluent family and grants from the state. The company was a medical and drug research company, which gained prestige when in 1988 when he sold a patent for a treatment for Epilepsy to a humanitarian.
In 1990, he announced that he would be selling 40% of the companies shares in the New York Stock Exchange. He sold them, and he expanded the company to North America and Europe. He purchased a house in Spokane and had a child named Max in 1997. In 2003, he appointed a ‘caretaker CEO’ s he was ‘busy with familial concerns.’ This was infact his fathers declining health, which boiled over in his fathers death in the middle of 2004. He inherited the families wealth.
Governorship of Washington
Using the inheritance of his father, Micheal ran as Governor of Washington State. He ran on platforms of economic growth and supporting small businesses. He announced this at a Press Briefing which took place in his office at Dignity Tech HQ, which to some seemed out of touch and elitest.
Often mingling with other men of wealth as well as the common man, Micheal made up for inexperience and some retracted elitest statements by spending 135% more then his opponent, Sherley Firn. He won the election with a 53% margin, and especially won in big cities.
He was innaugurated on January 12th, 2005. His innauguration drew crouds of 57,000 Washingtonians. In his speech, he stressed the importance of prosperity and reaffirmed that ‘the American deam of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happines is the Washingtonian dream.’
On his second day in office, his office released a statement declaring that his focus for the first year would be infrastructure. He signed Gubernetorial Order 1987, which allocated funds to road and bridge repairs. To do this, he notably cut funding for inclusion programs. At the time little cared, but later he was accused of not caring about integration in Washington. Days later, he announced tha his office was working with bi-partisans and liberals in the Washington Senate on an infrastructure bill.
The Senate also added spending and trade to the bill, making it so the bill would also deal with deregulation and taxation. On July 4th, America’s independence day and the day the Washington star was added the the US flag, , the Senate approved the the Washington Spending, Trade, and Infrastructure Bill. A day later, Governor Schript signed the bill on live television and accompanied by Trade Secretary Virkoff.
The bill allocated 600 billion dollars toward the renovation of roads, ports, and railroads. The bill especially focused on trade with China and Asia, which proved smart as Chinese manufacturing increased and trade with China benefitted the state. The bill also involved provisions renovate utilities in rural areas, including securing every county in Washington with a stable, 2G internet connection by 2016. This also meant giving contracts to corporations to secure these lines.
He also signed the Mandate Act. The Act mandates all Washingtonian children receive the measles, small pox, and pneumonia vaccines, as well as any vaccines the Health Department determines necessary. This was controversial, but ultimately many applauded the move.
In March of 2006, Schript announced that the Support Small Buisness’ Act. Following public support for the bill and modest Conservative support, the bill passed 2 months later. The Governor signed it a week later, and then signed thee 1988 Gubernetorial Order, which appointed the leader of the Washington Success Fund.
The Bill, also known as the Washington Sucess Fund Act, creates the WSF to give out grants to those wishing to start a small business. It also declares public defenders can be used as civil lawyers in a case relating to a small business. The bill gives a 15% tax cut to businesses starting in Washington for the first 8 years of operations.
In June of 2006, Kim Dragonheart of the Seattle Sun wrote an article named ‘Washington Success Fund: Defender of Small Business or Gubernatorial Piggy Bank.’ Although overlooked at the time, she had noticed a 190 million dollar big gap in the accounting of the fund, and also that the Fund had recently shifted high ranking employees at the ‘insistence of the Governor.’ She claimed Governor Schript had embezzled the money into his company, which was facing trouble in Britain due to an oversight when testing a drug.
Schript was called before a Washington House Committee once the article and surrounding theory picked up steam. He was asked to testify why he had asked for a shuffling. Representative Drüm of the GOP asked, “Is there any reason that when, at a time when 200 million dollars are vaporized, you have any witnesses discredited?”
Schript said that he asked for a shuffling so payrolls could be eliminated. Despite denying the claims, he did say he had knowingly signed off on a grant of 80 million dollars to his company. He declared, however, this was legal and it was not one off, as the Health Department had given similar grants.
Despite being found innocent, his approval rating suffered terribly, dropping at one point to 35%. He was bashed in the press, and was placed on the cover of Time’s Magazine in a special edition regarding the scandal.
2007 was mostly spent trying to ‘regain lost support.’ He signed Executive Order 1989, which mainly mandated non-discrimination training in the public sector, and also illegalized the discrimination of minorities in loans. He worked with the Senate to barely legalize gay marriage, which gave him a significant chunk of his democratic supporters back.