Crist camp weighs in on rumor of Scott self-funding to the tune of $22 million

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is falling behind slightly in recent polling, could be ready to cut his campaign a big check to boost his re-election chances — to the tune of $22 million.

So far, both the Florida Republican Party and Scott’s campaign have been quiet about the details.

Previously, the incumbent said he does not intend to spend any of his own money to win in November.

Now it seems Scott changed his mind.

That has not stopped Democratic candidate Charlie Crist from weighing in.

“It’s ironic that on the same day Rick Scott’s campaign releases an ad about wealth,” says Crist for Governor Communications Director Brendan Gilfillan in a statement.

Gilfillan added that he heard Scott wrote a $22 million check to his campaign “to blanket Florida airwaves” for the last two and a half weeks of the election.

“That is serious money – and no doubt he’s hoping it’ll help paper over his calamitous debate performance.”

The Crist Campaign believes it is because the GOP is losing faith in Scott, leaving him to use his own money despite telling Florida voters he would not need to self-fund.

“Presumably because the $75 million he spent last time around would convince Floridians to really, really like him,” Gilfillan says.

“The question is, what could he possibly expect the next $22 million in lying TV ads going to get him that the first $125 million didn’t?”

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.