GOP counters Charlie Crist “Sunshine” ad with “Not Buying It”

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Florida Republicans are “not buying” claims made by former GOP Gov. Charlie Crist in his first television ad of the 2014 campaign.

In response, the Republican Party of Florida produced “Not Buying It,” a 30-second digital spot countering each claim made in “Sunshine,” the TV ad released by the Crist campaign on Monday.

As for Crist’s assertion he “saved 20,000 teachers’ jobs,” the GOP ad counters with “3,000 teachers laid off” duing the same period; cutting property taxes for seniors and the middle class is met with a 2009 Miami Herald report saying Crist “raised taxes by $2.2 billion.” The ad also notes a 2006 St. Petersburg Times article saying the now-Democratic candidate for governor opposed raising the minimum wage.

“Nice try, Charlie,” the narrator says. “This time, were just not buying it.”

“Not Buying It” is available on YouTube.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.