Next Gen goes for laughs in this video as it continues its efforts to make sure that Republican Rick Scott does not get a second term as Florida governor.
The ad is goofy. The real question - is it effective?
Next Gen goes for laughs in this video as it continues its efforts to make sure that Republican Rick Scott does not get a second term as Florida governor.
The ad is goofy. The real question - is it effective?
Planned Parenthood PAC has a new ad telling Florida women that "if you want to make your own decisions you need to go to the polls on November 4th."
As a so-called "electioneering committee" the Planned Parenthood PAC cannot direct tell people how to vote. This ad, however, will viewers with little doubt that they should oppose Governor Scott for reelection and perhaps even vote for Democrat Charlie Crist.
Earlier today, Crowley Political Report told you that Republican Governor Rick Scott may be about to drop up to $22 million of his own money into his reelection campaign. Both Scott's campaign and the Florida Republican Party said, "no comment."
Both Republican and Democratic sources said they have knowledge of Scott's contribution to his campaign. We'll soon know if it it true.
Earlier in the campaign Scott said he did not intend to spend any of his own money to win reelection. It will be interesting if Scott changed his mind.
Meanwhile, Democrat Charlie Crist's campaign just sent out this statement.
Statement from Crist for Governor Communications Director Brendan Gilfillan on Rick Scott's Reported Self-Funding
"It's ironic that on the same day Rick Scott's campaign releases an ad about wealth, we hear he has written a $22 million check to his campaign to blanket Florida airwaves for the last two and a half weeks of the election. That is serious money - and no doubt he's hoping it'll help paper over his calamitous debate performance.
"He won't confirm it, but since his party is losing faith in him Rick Scott is reportedly funding his campaign himself these days. With money he earned as CEO of...well, you know. This is despite him telling Florida voters he wouldn't need to self-fund his re-election campaign. Presumably because the $75 million he spent last time around would convince Floridians to really, really like him.
"The question is, what could he possibly expect the next $22 million in lying TV ads going to get him that the first $125 million didn't?"
In fairness, the small whisper quiet fan that Democrat Charlie Crist uses would never sound like the one depicted in the Florida Democratic Party ad.
As far as we know, fans are still banned at next Tuesday's CNN debate. But FanGate lives on.
This ad is fascinating. It attempts to portray Charlie Crist has a guy who grew up rich. There are scenes of a house that could be found in Palm Beach. Crist is shown stepping off a private jet as if it is the family plane.
The ad is, to put it mildly, a bit of a stretch. Crist did grow up in nice home in St. Petersburg where his father was a medical doctor. But his lifestyle was not and has not been anything like it is portrayed in this ad.
One can find a lot of faults with Crist but a desire to make money has never been one of them. During most his political career, Crist has mostly had just his government salary. And he has lived in a small condo in St. Petersburg that he has rented for years.
His biggest financial step forward was when he married his wife Carole, a wealthy businesswoman.
The irony of course is that the rich candidate is Republican Governor Rick Scott who spend $70 million of his own money to win in 2010 and his rumored to be about to spend another $20 million to win this year.
Not many folks have $90 million they can spend on political campaigns.
Here's the ad:
Both Rick Scott's campaign and the Florida Republican Party have offered "no comment" to a Crowley Political Report question about whether the Governor is about to dip into his bank account to the tune of $20 million to spend on his effort to defeat Democrat Charlie Crist.
A Republican source confirms the $20 million, while a Democratic source says the word last week was that Scott would spend $22 million.
Scott campaign spokesman Greg Blair replied to a Crowley Political Report email with: "No comment here." And Florida GOP spokeswoman Susan Hepworth replied, "no comment."
Neither of those replies suggest that the Scott rumor is true.
Throughout the campaign, despite prodigious fundraising, it has been expected that Scott, who spent more than $70 million of his own money to win in 2010, would again dip into his coffers to boost his campaign in the final weeks.
It will be interesting to hear what Scott says the next time he is asked about using his own money for the campaign. Even if he says he is not using his money, the rumor is not likely to be put to rest until all the campaign finance disclosures are completed.
Meanwhile, both Republicans and Democrats continue to speculate about the cash. Is it real, or just an effort to spook the Crist campaign?
Art by Patrick Crowley Copyright Crowley Political Report
Florida Governor Rick Scott sat down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to give his version of what happen during FanGate.
To be generous, some of Scott's explanation rings odd. Perhaps the most important news came when Blitzer assured Scott that fan will not be allowed at the CNN debate next Tuesday in Jacksonville.
Scott said he doesn't care what Charlie Crist brings to the debate. He suggested Crist could bring a humidifier or microwave.
One relief for Scott was the fact that the debate organizers - Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association - agreed that Crist did violate the rules by plugging in small fan under his podium.
Here's what Scott told Blitzer.
Every election cycle folks ask - who is going to win? One reason it is a difficult question to answer is that despite polls, gazzillion dollar campaigns, field operations, get-out-the-vote drives, endless television commercials and all the other things that are part of campaigning - one silly mistake can destroy a candidate.
The real question right now is this - did Florida Governor Rick Scott's refusal to take the debate stage last night do his campaign irreparable harm? And is there anything he can do to stop it?
A compilation of news videos put together by American Bridge - an outfit that actively campaigns against Scott - accurately reflects the tone of the Florida and national coverage of what is being called FanGate.
Scott refused to come onstage during a live, statewide television debate because his opponent, Democrat Charlie Crist, had sneaked in a fan to be tucked under the podium gently sending cooling air up his suit.
Leadership Florida and Florida Press Association, the debate organizers, said today that Crist violated the rules by having his ever present fan with him.
But was that enough of a reason for a sitting governor to refuse to go onstage during a live debate - Charlie has a fan and I'm mad.
Whether you agree with Scott or not, his refusal to come onstage for almost 7 minutes made him look petulant and silly. And he is getting killed in the state and national press. FanGate has gone viral on social media.
So far, the Scott campaign seems to be struggling to get ahead of the story. And it is not like FanGate is going away anytime soon. There is a final debate Tuesday on CNN raising the question - Fan or No Fan?
Scott needs to put the fan behind him. He should allow Crist to have his fan. In fact, Scott should walk on the CNN stage and present Crist with a fan.
After the debate, some of the Republicans leaving the hall were wringing their hands and shaking their heads over Scott's refusal to come onstage.
Shortly after Governor Rick Scott finally walked on stage after refusing to participate in the debate with Charlie Crist because of a small fan Crist had at his feet, the Crist campaign sent out this email.
I wasn't planning on emailing you tonight. But something crazy just happened...
Moments before the debate was scheduled to begin, Rick Scott decided he wasn't going to participate.
Why? Because there was a fan at Charlie's podium. A fan.
For seven incredible minutes just now, Charlie stood all alone at the podium while Rick Scott threw a temper tantrum backstage, denying the people of Florida the chance to hear from their gubernatorial candidates because of -- literally -- a breeze.
Scott finally caved and decided to join the debate. But the fact that this sideshow happened at all is an embarrassment to our great state and fellow citizens.
If you're as amazed as I am by what you just saw, chip in a few bucks right now to make sure this guy doesn't get to stay our Governor:
We'll be back in touch after the debate concludes.
Charlie Crist for Governor
There have been many strange debate moment in Florida's political history, this will surely rank as one of them.
Florida Governor Rick Scott refused to take the stage because Charlie Crist had his ever present fan at his feet behind the podium.
"Ladies and gentlemen we have an extremely peculiar situation right now," said debate moderator Eliot Rodriguez of CBS4.
There are boos from the crowd. Crist comes on stage. Rodriquez, and panelists Rosemary Goudreau of the Sun Sentinel, and Frank Denton of the Florida Times Union, wonder if the rules allow a fan.
Scott remains off stage for a number of minutes.
It is all rather odd. Finally he comes out and the hour-long statewide television debate begins.
See the video of the opening moments. It begins with a Spanish Crist ad.
This was 1954 and the Democratic nominee would be the certain victor. Republicans were an afterthought until 1960 when Claude Kirk became the first GOP candidate to win since Reconstruction.
Johns became acting governor, after the untimely death of Dan McCarty of Fort Pierce. There was no lieutenant governor and Johns was Senate President. A special election was held and LeRoy Collins would go on to become one of Florida most revered governors.
During this debate, perhaps Florida's first televised debate, Collins reads from an advertisement in the Miami Herald saying Johns had whipped Collins during the debate.
The problem - it was an early edition of the morning newspaper and the debate had not yet taken place.
Collins nails Johns.
Flipped on Stephen Colbert last night and nearly fell on the floor after watching Colbert rip into the College Republicans "Say Yes to Rick Scott" ad which used a wedding dress theme.
After some caustic comments about Scott, Colbert offers his own version of the Say Yes ad.
Let's just say that Colbert took it down a slightly different direction.
It is brutal.
And here is the original College Republican ad which was widely accused of treating women like dunderheads.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush says the choice for him on election day is easy - he'll be voting for Republican Rick Scott over Democrat Charlie Crist.
We'll give you a moment to catch you breath at this shocking news.
Okay. Bush doing a ad for Scott is not exactly a surprise. It is actually a pretty tame ad. Cleary Bush was unwilling to get into the daily political knife fight that has characterized the race for governor.
Bush takes a shot at Crist but it could have been far worse.
With the President deep into the barrel of public disaprroval, turning him into a surrogate candidate has been a popular ploy in House and Senate races around the country.
Democrat Patrick Murphy has been tagged with Obama by his Republican rival Carl Domino in Florida 18th congressional district. So far, it does not appear to be helping Domino who appears to be having a difficult time surpassing Murphy who has run a well-financied and masterful campaign.
Today, Governor Rick Scott taunted Crist - politically infamous for the Obama/Crist hug - for not encouraging Obama to campaign for him in the Sunshine State.
Scott's hooks his comment on a line in Wall Street Journal story saying the Crist campaign has become wary of an Obama visit.
From a Scott press release:
Governor Rick Scott released the following statement today after the media reported Charlie Crist is “now wary of inviting Mr. Obama to publicly appear with him out of concern that it would shift the focus of the race from local issues to national ones.” (Wall Street Journal, 10/10/14)
Governor Rick Scott: “Our state is turning around because we have done the exact opposite of Washington. We threw out the Crist-Obama playbook of higher taxes, more debt and more spending. We made government get out of the way of Florida job creators by undoing Charlie Crist’s tax increases and 15 percent year-after-year tuition hikes on college students. The results of our pro-growth policies are clear – businesses have created more than 640,000 new jobs. And even though we have more work to do to get every Florida family working again, I hope President Obama can make a trip to the Sunshine State soon to see the results of our pro-growth policies – even if he is not invited on the campaign trail with Charlie Crist.”
One wonders if Scott is asking former President George W. Bush to campaign for him here.
Maybe we could have Bush and Obama on the same day. Now that would be interesting.
Just hours before the taping of the first debate between Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Rick Scott, the Crist campaign revealed its new ad featuring running mate Annette Taddeo.
It is an appeal to working mothers and Taddeo does very well.
Reminder: The candidates begin taping the Telemundo debate at 11 a.m. The debate will air tonight at 7 p.m.
Let's pretend for a moment to take him seriously. He has raised a whopping $85,000 and spent $72,000. That means he has about $13,000 left to spend on statewide television ads during the final weeks of the campaign.
Oh - you haven't seen Wyllie's ads? That would be because there are none.
Wyllie is this cycle's Libertarian candidate. Some polls show him getting 10 percent or more of the vote in a three way contest with Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist.
Now let's understand that 10 percent. These folks would tell pollsters they are voting for a cat before they vote for Scott or Crist. They do not know or care about Wyllie. They are simply poll protesting.
Many of these same voters are just as likely to vote for Scott or Crist on election day. A few may actually vote for Willie or the other seven write-in/no party candidates who qualified to run for governor.
Here's a Wyllie fun fact:
On July 4, 2011, Wyllie sent a letter to all of Florida’s 67 sheriffs urging them to arrest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents who violate the US and Florida Constitutions, as well as statutes regarding sexual battery as it applies to individual TSA employees during enhanced pat-down procedures. (Wikipedia).
Now, Wyllie is suing to get himself included in the three gubernatorial debates. Clearly, he believes that he should be taken seriously as a candidate.
He may succeed.
In 2006, Max Linn, with an equally improbable campaign, mangaged to sue his way into a debate between Democratic candidate for governor Jim Davis and then Republican candidate Charlie Crist.
Linn did a fine job of disrupting the debate.
Maybe Wyllie should get a shot - it might be fun to watch how Scott and Crist react.
But beyond that, there is no reason to believe Wyllie is serious about becoming governor. It would be an insult to him to pretend that he has the slight chance in hell of winning.
Do Florida voters loathe ObamaCare? That's the underlying question in this new ad for Republican Governor Rick Scott. Clearly his campaign believes that Democrat Charlie Crist's support of ObamaCare will hurt him in November.
Some of the biggest critics of ObamaCare are older voters who love Medicare and Social Security but don't believe in "government entitlements."
President Obama is so unpopular that most Democratic candidates around the country want Obama to stay far away from their campaigns. While former President Bill Clinton made a campaign appearance for Crist, and Hillary Clinton is about to do the same, there is still no indication that Obama will be dropping by the Sunshine State to campaign for Crist.
Should Obama show up, one thing is certain - the Scott campaign will pounce hard.
Whether or not Obama shows up, as this ad demonstrates, he is part of the Florida governor's race.
If they were trying to increase donut sales, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist would be staring through the donut hole wondering why sales aren't climbing. Maybe the biggest takeaway from today's Quinnipiac Poll is that the folks making the ad are also making tons of money.
The consultants rarely lose.
Here's the news release with full results from Quinnipiac.
|The Florida governor's race is too close to call, with 44 percent of likely voters for Republican Gov. Rick Scott and 42 percent for former Gov. Charlie Crist, and 8 percent for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
|With Wyllie out of the race, Gov. Scott gets 46 percent of likely voters, with 44 percent for Crist, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. This survey of likely voters can not be compared to prior surveys of registered voters.
|In the three-way matchup, Scott edges Crist 44 - 37 percent among independent voters, with 11 percent for Wyllie. Scott leads 80 - 11 percent among Republicans, with 7 percent for Wyllie and Crist leads 83 - 7 percent among Democrats, with 6 percent for Wyllie.
|Women are divided with 43 percent for Crist, 41 percent for Scott and 8 percent for Wyllie. Men go Republican 48 - 40 percent with 8 percent for Wyllie.
|With six weeks until Election Day, 81 percent of voters say their mind is made up, while 17 percent say they might change their mind.
|"When fewer than four in 10 voters think both the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor are honest, you know this has been one of the nastiest races in state history," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "They have been throwing so much mud that they both are covered in it.
|"The two voter groups that will tell the tale of the election are independent voters and those who are backing Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie. Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are doing about the same with their respective party bases and former Republican Crist is not having any trouble being accepted by members of his new party.
|"Wyllie voters are the bigger unknown because there is little way of predicting if they will stay with the third-party challenger or decide to switch to Scott or Crist in order to be with a winner," Brown added.
|"At this point, neither major party candidate is doing markedly better as a second choice of Wyllie voters. It is also worth considering that there is a consensus that negative campaigning tends to be a turnoff more to the very people who seem to hold the keys to the kingdom - independents and third-party voters."
|Florida likely voters do not like or do not know the candidates for governor, as Crist gets a negative 41 - 49 percent favorability rating and Scott gets a negative 42 - 48 percent favorability. For Wyllie 86 percent don't know enough about him to form an opinion.
|The major candidates also score low on character:|
|From September 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 991 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.
|The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.
|For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
|1. If the election for Governor were being held today, and the candidates were Charlie Crist the Democrat, Rick Scott the Republican, and Adrian Wyllie the Libertarian, for whom would you vote? (If undecided) If you had to choose today, would you vote for Crist, Scott, or Wyllie? (Table includes leaners)|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Crist 42% 11% 83% 37% 40% 43% Scott 44 80 7 44 48 41 Wyllie 8 7 6 11 8 8 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 1 - 1 1 1 - DK/NA 5 1 4 7 3 7
|1a. (If candidate chosen q1) Is your mind made up, or do you think you might change your mind before the election?|
LIKELY VOTERS................ CANDIDATE CHOSEN Q1.......... CANDIDATE OF CHOICE Q1 Tot Crist Scott Wyllie Mind made up 81% 82% 83% 67% Might change 17 16 16 32 DK/NA 1 2 1 1
|2. RECALCULATED MATCHUP Q1 ASKING WYLLIE VOTERS: Who is your second choice?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... MATCHUP Q1 WITHOUT WYLLIE............. Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Crist 44% 14% 86% 39% 43% 46% Scott 46 81 8 47 50 43 SMONE ELSE(VOL) 2 1 1 4 3 2 DK/NA 7 4 5 9 5 9
|3. Is your opinion of Charlie Crist favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Favorable 41% 16% 76% 37% 39% 42% Unfavorable 49 78 12 52 53 45 Hvn't hrd enough 8 4 11 10 6 10 REFUSED 3 2 2 2 2 3
|4. Is your opinion of Rick Scott favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Favorable 42% 72% 10% 41% 45% 40% Unfavorable 48 21 78 50 47 50 Hvn't hrd enough 7 5 10 6 6 7 REFUSED 3 2 1 3 2 4
|5. Is your opinion of Adrian Wyllie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Favorable 8% 5% 6% 13% 9% 7% Unfavorable 4 5 5 2 5 3 Hvn't hrd enough 86 89 87 84 85 87 REFUSED 2 1 2 2 1 3
|6. Would you say that Charlie Crist - is honest and trustworthy or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 37% 17% 65% 32% 35% 38% No 49 71 16 55 56 43 DK/NA 14 11 18 13 9 19
|7. Would you say that Charlie Crist - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 46% 26% 76% 42% 44% 48% No 45 65 15 52 49 41 DK/NA 9 9 9 7 6 11
|8. Would you say that Charlie Crist - has strong leadership qualities or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 46% 22% 78% 43% 43% 49% No 44 68 13 48 50 38 DK/NA 10 10 9 9 6 12
|9. Would you say that Rick Scott - is honest and trustworthy or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 39% 64% 10% 39% 43% 35% No 51 25 81 51 48 53 DK/NA 10 10 9 10 9 12
|10. Would you say that Rick Scott - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 42% 71% 13% 41% 45% 40% No 50 24 78 52 47 52 DK/NA 8 5 9 7 8 8
|11. Would you say that Rick Scott - has strong leadership qualities or not?|
LIKELY VOTERS......................... Tot Rep Dem Ind Men Wom Yes 58% 82% 28% 59% 64% 52% No 34 12 63 32 31 38 DK/NA 8 6 9 9 6 10
Charlie Crist is now playing the HCA card and this ad appears to do it very effectively. It's a hard hit at Rick Scott. Expect the Scott campaign to swing back quickly.
Tossing out the words "swindled" and "conned" this new GOP ad hits Democrat Charlie Crist hard but leaves you wondering whether it may also be hurting the candidate it is intended to help - Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Scott has suffered throughout thee-plus years in office from very low approval ratings. Polls repeatedly suggested that most voters simply do not like Scott. While his campaign has run a few - isn't Scott swell - ads, the overwhelming majority of the ads have been negative.
Despite outspending Crist nearly two-to-one, Scott holds a only slim lead over the former governor. And while Scott has managed to plummel Crist's approval ratings - at times using ads of questionable integrity - Scott's still remains one of the nation's least popular governors.
Of course these ads are the work of campaign consultants who walk away after campaigns are over with little mud are their hands. A win gets them more clients. A loss is always blamed on the frailties of the candidate.
Campaign consultants never take the blame for a loss - "Golly, I guess our strategy sucked."
Crist has been no saint. His campaign ads batter Scott sometimes going well over the line. The campaign ad tagline is most Crist ads states that Rick Scott is "too shady for the Sunshine State." The line implies that Scott is dishonest.
Scott's campaign is doing the same thing. In his new ads words "swindled" and "conned" are tossed around freely - again implying that Crist is dishonest.
Campaign consultants will tell you that negative ads work. Unfortunately, there is much truth to that. And nearly every candidate does it.
While the late Governor Lawton Chiles was loved by many, he could be just as ruthless in a campagin. During his 1994 campaign against Jeb Bush, Chiles ran nasty, dishonest ads that helped lead to Bush's defeat.
It isn't money that has always poisoned elections - it is how the money is spent.