New Charlie Crist ad marks day Rick Scott skips illegal email deposition

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Democrat Charlie Crist’s newest campaign ad marks the day Rick Scott skips a deposition over the possibly illegal use of private email accounts to conduct public business.

In “Finer,” the Republican incumbent is portrayed as enjoying the finer things in life, such as an $11 million oceanfront home and private jet, at the expense of $1.3 billion in state education cuts and slashing Bright Future Scholarships in half.

The announcement of 30-second spot also touches on some of Scott’s more outrageous wrongdoings while in power, including the use of  private Gmail and Yahoo accounts to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for improvements to the governor’s mansion.

“When Rick Scott wanted to improve the governor’s mansion, he didn’t just use $800,000 in taxpayer money,” said Crist Communications Director Brendan Gilfillan. “He had his staff ignore public records laws and use illegal email accounts to ask big companies for help too.”

“It’s no wonder he doesn’t want to answer questions on it,” Gilfillan adds, “and it’s no wonder he skipped the deposition eleven days out from election day – he knows pleading the fifth really takes it out of you.”

“Finer” is now available on YouTube.

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