New FDP Spanish-language attack ad blasts Rick Scott on education cuts

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On Thursday, the Florida Democratic Party released the Spanish language version of a digital ad attacking Gov. Rick Scott for his record on public education.

“Recortes”is the Spanish version of “Why?” a 30-second digital ad from July 1 that asks which side is Scott on when it comes to education.

The spot hammers the Republican governor on “$1.3 billion in cuts to education” as well as raising tuition at 11 public colleges “in order to pay for even more tax breaks for wealthy special interests,” claiming Scott does not stand behind Florida students, families and the middle class.

“Nope,” says the narrator. “Not on their side.”

“Why would he do it,” the ad asks. “Whose side is he on?”

“In this ad we focus on the incredible damage Rick Scott has done to Florida’s education system,” said FDP chair Allison Tant. “Rick Scott cut $1.3 billion dollars from public schools and he increased tuition at 11 state universities, reducing opportunity for Florida’s students. It is vital for us to continue sharing those facts of Rick Scott’s awful record with Florida’s Hispanic community.”

A Spanish language ad is designed to appeal to Florida’s Hispanic community, which has been hit hard by Scott’s cuts in education, according to FDP Political Director Christian Uvert.

“More than half of Florida’s black and Hispanic students will no longer qualify for Bright Futures scholarships under Rick Scott’s latest round of cuts,” Ulvert said. “How can Rick Scott claim to be a friend to this Hispanic community when he is closing the doors of opportunity to tens of thousands of Hispanic students trying to get into college?”

“Recortes” will be playing in the Tampa, Orlando, and Miami media markets, and is also available at YouTube.

The Spanish language version:

The English language version:

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.