New Democrat digital ad repeats Rick Scott’s troubled past as CEO

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Rick Scott’s troubled past as a CEO is catching up to him, so says Florida Democrats.

A new web ad released by the Florida Democratic Party on Monday holds Florida’s GOP governor accountable for the “massive fraud” that happened under his watch, as well as the “taxpayer giveaways” he’s allowed since taking office.

“Floridians are looking for a governor they can trust to build an economy that works for the middle class, said FDP Executive Director Scott Arceneaux. “Rick Scott has lost Floridians trust, because he’s spent his whole career failing to look out for the middle class,”

The 30-second digital ad, called “75 Times,” highlights Rick Scott’s July 27, 2000 deposition, to investigate alleged fraud during his time as head of Columbia/HCA healthcare. Rick Scott had “pled the fifth” 75 times to avoid incriminating himself.

The ad views Rick Scott dodging questions as proof as to why voters cannot trust him as governor, concluding: “Medicare fraud. Contracts to contributors. Taking the fifth 75 times. We just can’t trust Rick Scott.”

“His company stole billions from seniors’ health care, and he pled the fifth 75 times to avoid incriminating himself. With this ad, we’re making sure every Floridian knows exactly why they can’t trust Rick Scott with four more years,” Arceneaux added.

“75 Times” is also available on YouTube.

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