Rick Scott wouldn’t know transparency if it hit him in the face, says new American Bridge ad

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Rick Scott would not know transparency if it bit him in the nose, at least according to the folks at progressive watchdog group American Bridge 21st Century.

On Thursday, American Bridge issued a press release announcing the drop of “Transparency,” a new video calling out the Republican governor for his recent attack on Charlie Christ’s wife, who at the time had not released her federal tax returns.

The 60-second video questions if Scott truly “believes transparency matters,” a comment by the governor that strikes American Bridge as a hypocrisy and getting more “comical” each passing day.

Held up for special ridicule is the governor’s reaction to the case of a DEO employee-turned-whistleblower who exposed “systemic fraud that improperly inflicted economic hardship on 19,000 Floridians” and could cost the state nearly $2 billion.

Rick Scott’s response, the ad says, is that he had her fired.

Therefore, they reason, if Rick Scott really believes transparency matters, American Bridge suggests he “plead the 5th on that one.”

It was a reference to the Florida Democratic Party claim that in a July 27, 2000 deposition, investigating alleged fraud during Rick Scott’s time as head of Columbia/HCA healthcare, Scott had claimed Fifth Amendment protection 75 times to avoid incriminating himself.

“Transparency” is now 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.