Rick Scott’s dodges inspire new website from American Bridge

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Rick Scott, the man who launched a thousand websites.

Actually, just one (so far) — by the progressive watchdogs at American Bridge 21st Century.

American Bridge has had enough of the governor continuing to dodge questions from reporters; this time it is over visits to the King Ranch in Texas as well as the donors who actually funded the trips.

Not only has the group released a new digital ad on his latest evasions, but also an entire website called “Ask Rick Scott,” devoted to calling out the governor for skirting a laundry list of questions, from Medicaid expansion and same-sex marriage to global climate change.

“Rick Scott is running for reelection, but he’s better at running from questions,” the website says. “Time and time again reporters have asked Scott where he stands on key issues, only to have Scott duck and run.”

“Ask Rick Scott” will provide videos of all the times reporters queried the governor – all in vain — as well as a link to the Rick Scott page of the American Bridge website.

American Bridge 21st Century is a Washington D.C.-based research and communications group, created in November 2010 by former conservative David Brock to keep Republicans accountable during the midterm elections.

Once a self-described “right-wing hit man,” Brock had converted into a liberal crusader, launching the liberal Media Matters website in 2004, which monitors the media for “conservative misinformation.”

“Ask Rick Scott on King Ranch Trip” is also available at YouTube.


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