FDP attack video blasts Rick Scott’s “failure” to create 700K new jobs

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According to the Florida Democratic Party, Gov. Rick Scott, who is busy campaigning for re-election, failed Floridians in his 2010 campaign promise to create 700,000 jobs.

In a new 60-second digital ad released on Tuesday, Scott is shown promising voters in 2010 he would bring — with standard economic recovery — what could be as many as 1.7 million new jobs to Florida.

“Our plan is seven steps to 700,000 jobs,” Scott said in a 2010 debate. “And that is on top of what normal growth would be.”

But in a 2011 Associated Press interview,  Scott backed away from his pledge to create new jobs over and above projected numbers was not true.

“I don’t know who said that,” he said, “so I have no idea.”

Scott repeatedly moved the goal posts by misleading Floridians about his campaign’s central promise, accuses the FDP in an email introducing the spot. They say Scott “can’t even deliver on that” by claiming that Scott has created only four percent of the jobs the governor takes credit for producing.

The governor had pledged $266 million in tax breaks and incentives in exchange for 45,258 new jobs. However, the Tampa Bay Times reports state data shows 96 percent of the jobs have yet to materialize.

 “With far too many Floridians dropping out of the workforce, delaying entrance, or simply underemployed, Rick Scott’s refrain of ‘Let’s keep working’ rings painfully hollow,” says FDP Chair Allison Tant. “Rick Scott promised Floridians jobs. Four years later, too many are still waiting.”

The video is also available on YouTube.

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.