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Who wrecked the economy? Crist-Scott trade shots with internet ads

by John Kennedy | February 3rd, 2014

Democrat Charlie Crist fired back at Rick Scott on Monday with a new social media ad  that ties the Republican governor to the economic collapse that occurred five years ago.

The spot uses the theme “Guys like Rick Scott,” in accusing the former health care executive as being among those who triggered the global collapse.

Looking directly at the camera, Crist in the ad says the problems were caused by “greedy Wall Street bankers and corporate takeover artists. In other words, guys like Rick Scott.”

Scott made a portion of his vast wealth as head of Columbia/HCA, the hospital chain which later paid $1.7 billion in fines as part of a federal settlement for fraudulent health care billing. Columbia/HCA’s settlement came three years after Scott left the company and the governor has said he had nothing to do with the billing issues.

Crist, however, has been reviving the focus on Scott’s corporate role and has repeatedly questioned the governor’s ethics in stump speeches around the state.

Crist’s ad also amounts to a response to a Florida Republican Party social media buy last week that accuses the former governor of abandoning the state when the economic woes hardened. Crist unsuccessfully auditioned as John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate in 2008 before running a failed U.S. Senate campaign two years later, first as a Republican and later as an independent.

While Crist was busy politicking, the state’s economy cratered, Republicans say. Now a Democrat, Crist is leading Scott by 8 percentage points in a poll released last week by Quinnipiac University.

In their spot, Republicans found their own theme for Crist: “Slick politician, lousy governor.”

“Which governor took Florida to the bottom?” an announcer asks in the GOP ad. “Charlie Crist. What’s worse, he didn’t stay to fix the mess. He ran away. Tried to go to Washington instead. Charlie Crist — slick politician, lousy governor.”

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9 Responses to “Who wrecked the economy? Crist-Scott trade shots with internet ads”

  1. franciscoM Says:

    Greedy Wall Street bankers and Turn Coat Charlie had nothing to do with the economic collapse. The culprit is no other than the Community Investment Act and government social engineering. In other words GOVERNMENT is responsible!!!

  2. David Says:

    I’d vote for Richard Nixon before I’d vote for Rick Scott (even if Nixon was still alive!)

  3. David Says:

    Wall Street bankers and lax oversight of financial institutions are exactly what led to the crash. “Social engineering” had nothing to do with it.

  4. RealAngst Says:

    Shady politicians all. They all play the blame game. I wont be voting for Scott who cares so little about anything beyond power. He screwed over Public Service and teachers and cut budgets. Now that he is running for re-election he is pandering to Special Interests. I hate em both but at least I know Charlie. Scott is a one term Governor. HOPEFULLY!

  5. Keith Says:

    There were numerous causes for our recent economic misadventures. Almost every one of which can be directly attributed to Wall Street greed and incompetence. They made the loans for profit (greed), and the loans went bad. That’s incompetence.

    There are no farms or factories on Wall Street. They don’t produce anything. What they do is funnel the productive accomplishments of others, all of us, through their greed filters, taking as much as they can without actually killing the golden goose, and they almost managed that quite recently. They are incompetent. When was the last time any of us lost a billion dollars? You’re smarter than they are. We all are. Overpaid idiots with lame excuses.

    As regards this particular article, Ricky is an icon for Wall Street arrogance and disregard for anyone else. Have we no yet learned what they offer? I have. Governor Crist, if you please.

  6. TrafficAvenger Says:

    The crash of the economy was the result of the tickle down economics of the G.O.P. at the behest of Wall Street and at the cost of the middle class. And to think the G.O.P. would think that we would vote them in after that. Not a chance.

    See you at the polls boys and girls.
    TA

  7. TaintMisbehaving Says:

    @ TrafficAvenger

    You have no clue what you are talking about.

    “Through the Looking Glass”?. That poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” that’s an indictment of organized religion. The walrus, with his girth and his good nature, he obviously represents either Buddha, or with his tusks, the Hindu elephant god, Lord Ganesha. That takes care of your Eastern religions. Now the carpenter, which is an obvious reference to Jesus Christ, who was raised a carpenter’s son, he represents the Western religions. Now in the poem, what do they do? What do they do? They, dupe all these oysters into following them and then proceed to shuck and devour the helpless creatures en masse. I don’t know what that says to you, but to me it says that following these faiths based on mythological figures ensures the destruction of one’s inner being. Organized religion destroys who we are by inhibiting our actions, by inhibiting our decisions out of,fear of some, intangible parent figure who, shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says, “Do it… do it and I’ll fukcin’ spank you.”

  8. Unity Says:

    Scott is the devil

  9. George Says:

    Speaking of Governors who abandoned their State I’m sure Rick Scott will have Sarah Palin’s endorsement.

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