Democrats dust off old GOP attack ad against Rick Scott

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Political attack ads against Gov. Rick Scott can be a little like fashion trends; hold on to them long enough and someday they will come back in style.

Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, reports that in 2010, the political committee for former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon ran a “tough TV ad” lambasting Scott, by calling him a “sleazy businessman with no business in the governor’s mansion.”

Four years ago, Rick Scott was somewhat unknown, and nearly a pariah to the Florida GOP establishment, which was resolute in giving the Republican nomination to Bill McCollum.

Flash forward to 2014, where Scott has become the GOP establishment.

Now that the Florida GOP went deep in the closet for old Democratic ads bashing former Republican governor Charlie Crist, the Florida Democratic Party has also dusted off some GOP ads that bashed Scott.

This is why some people never throw out old clothes; they are convinced that someday legwarmers will make a resurgence.

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.