The number of political spots being aired in Florida is picking up with the August 28 primary election now less than two months away. And no one is producing ads faster than Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Scott launched his latest spot — a digital spot that will air online — Wednesday afternoon. It’s the ninth ad was released by his campaign since he announced his candidacy on April 9.
It’s called “Bill Nelson = Federal Government,” and is the latest attempt to paint Nelson as a career politician in Washington who hasn’t accomplished anything. The spot specifically goes after Nelson for his criticism of the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria last fall.
“Senator Bill Nelson is playing politics on Puerto Rico,” the narrator says at the beginning of the spot. “Nelson has no problem exploiting the suffering of others for his own political gain.
“Now Nelson is attacking the one public official who has actually helped the people of Puerto Rico – Governor Rick Scott,” the narrator goes on to say.
The ad goes on to highlight Scott’s six visits to the island since Maria, as well as his efforts to push FEMA to move faster in its recovery efforts.
“And when you are in a time of need, you need leaders who stand up and give us those opportunities. And he did it without hesitation,” says Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González who appears in the ad.
“Bill Nelson takes every opportunity to complain about the federal government’s response to Puerto Rico, but at what point does he take responsibility for the federal government he himself has been a part of for nearly half a century? Asked Ryan Patmintra, communications director of the Scott campaign. “Nelson did not try and help Puerto Rico until it was politically convenient for his reelection campaign, but no amount of empty attacks will cover up his decades of failure.”