Tough new Charile Crist ad holds Rick Scott accountable for 700K jobs promise

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In a new campaign ad released today, Florida Democrats are only doing what Gov. Rick Scott asks: hold him accountable for campaign promises the then-political novice made in 2010.

“Promises” is Charlie Crist’s latest 30-second spot, produced by the Florida Democratic Party to hit airwaves statewide. The digital ad takes Scott to task on his oft-repeated campaign pledge of 700,000 jobs “on top of what normal growth would be.”

Included is a Fox 13 broadcast in September 2014 questioning the incumbent Republican’s repeated claims – all captured on video – that he would bring jobs over and above “natural” job growth numbers.

“Now, a million jobs short of his promise,” the voiceover adds, Scott repeatedly denies making the claim, despite several video clips showing him saying exactly that.

“I don’t know who said that,” Scott says in one clip, with another where he plainly says, “no” when asked about the 700K job claim.

“Rick Scott … too shady for the Sunshine State,” the ad concludes.

Crist’s campaign also noticed that Scott’s promise relied on the state committing millions of taxpayer money to big corporations with the hope that they will create jobs – a move that resulted in a 95 percent failure rate.

“Rick Scott told voters to hold him accountable for creating jobs – but now, when confronted with his own words, he claims he never said it,” said Crist campaign manager Omar Khan. “We shouldn’t be surprised – in the private sector, his company cooked the books and he avoided accountability, pleading the fifth and walking away with millions. Now he’s trying to cook the books again – but his promises are on camera, and Florida voters will not be fooled.”

“Promises” is now 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.