While GOP worries about Carole Crist’s tax returns, First Lady Ann Scott poses for the cover of “Grandeur”

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Rick Scott and the Florida GOP have attempted to make considerable hay out of any aspect of Charlie Crist’s life that they believe conflicts with his populist image. They have accused Crist of living a “lavish” lifestyle, complete with “Rolex watches, private jets, a plush home on Fisher Island, and stretch limousines.”

After those criticism fell flat, Scottworld targeted Crist’s wife, Carole, insisting that she release her tax returns.

Whether or not these attacks are accurate or even fair game is beside the point of this blog post. What is irksome about the GOP’s making fun of Charlie’s Rolex or Carole’s tax returns is the hypocrisy of it all. The Scott family is worth nine-figures, maybe even ten, yet it is the Crists who are being portrayed as out of touch.

Well, if this campaign is going to come down to who is more out of touch, maybe the tone-deaf Scott campaign should rethink Ann Scott appearing on the cover of “Grandeur” magazine. The First Lady is standing at the bottom of her sunlit marble staircase, with a baby grand piano in the foreground.

It’s the kind of cover photo that would make even Marie Antoinette blush.

Don’t get me wrong, First Lady Scott has every right to bask in the, um, grandeur of the life Rick Scott’s controversial business career created for her. But don’t try to label the Crists — worth one one-hundredth what the Scotts are worth — as out of touch while Scott’s wife poses for a picture in a room worth (at least) more than what the average Floridian makes in a year.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.