Who wrecked the economy? Crist-Scott trade shots with internet adsby 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.”