Rick Scott puts special Interests over kids’ futures, says new Fla Dems ad

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Rick Scott needs accountability for his “failed record” of education cuts and college tuition hikes, according to the second attack ad released by the Florida Democratic Party.

In a press release announcing “Why,” the new 30-second digital spot, FDP spokesperson Joshua Karp says, “Scott wants Floridians to believe that he is on the side of middle class families who depend on public schools and colleges, but independent fact-checkers have already said that’s not accurate.”

The ad holds the Republican governor accountable for “putting wealthy special interests first and public education last.”

“Rick Scott just doesn’t get it,” Karp adds, noting a Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times report finding Scott cut education $1.3 billion and hiked tuition at 11 public universities to “pay for even more tax breaks for wealthy special interests.”

Karp says that quality, affordable education is the best path to the middle class, but Scott “keeps the doors of opportunity closed.”

“That’s why Floridians just can’t trust Rick Scott. Florida’s children deserve better than Rick Scott — they deserve a governor who will be on their side.”

The Republican Party of Florida was quick to respond.

“Charlie Crist is running away – again,” said RPOF Communications Director Susan Hepworth. “This time he is running from the fact that he is not transparent and doesn’t want to honor the tradition of Florida gubernatorial candidates releasing tax returns for both themselves and their spouses.

“But false negative TV ads can’t hide Charlie from Florida’s standards of transparency.”

“Why” is also available on YouTube.

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.