Rick Scott dodges questions in new American Bridge attack ad

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Gov. Rick Scott may be running for re-election, but he is much better at running from questions about his positions, according to a new attack video from the liberal Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

“See Rick Scott Run” — now available on YouTube — points out the governor’s “duck and run” strategy when asked where he stands on key issues.

The 45-second video is essentially a string of clips where Scott refused to answer, or simply walked away from, reporter’s questions on transportation, Medicaid expansion, raising Florida’s minimum wage and more.

“His failure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has left over 700,000 Floridians without health care,” American Bridge officials said in a statement released Wednesday. “Just thinking about raising the minimum wage so working families can make ends meet causes him to ‘cringe.’

“For Rick Scott, maybe running is better than telling the truth.”

American Bridge’s latest video prompted a sharp response from the Republican Party of Florida.

“Charlie Crist is a master at running away. Five years ago, he abandoned Floridians, leaving behind the mess that he created to run away to Washington,” said Susan Hepworth, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida. “Crist did not have an answer to Democrats and Republicans alike who questioned his record of economic failure, which resulted in a losing campaign then and will result in a losing campaign this November.”

David Brock, a conservative-turned-liberal activist, founded American Bridge 21st Century in November 2010. Once self-described as a “right-wing hit man,” Brock transformed into a liberal crusader. In 2004, Brock founded liberal website Media Matters, which monitors the media for “conservative misinformation.”

American Bridge’s president is Rodell Mollineau, a former staffer of Sen. Harry Reid. Serving as chair is Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Maryland lieutenant governor and the eldest child of Robert F. Kennedy.

In the 2012 election cycle, American Bridge’s largest single donor was billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros, who gave the group $1 million.

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.