The latest ad from the Rick Scott campaign takes a jab at the negative attack ads coming from groups supporting Scott’s opponent, Bill Nelson, in the race for U.S. Senate
Called “Negative Nelson,” it follows recent attack ads paid for by political committees that are backing the Democratic opponent. The ad (see below) goes so far as to tie Nelson to former-President Richard Nixon.
“When Bill Nelson was first elected, Richard Nixon was President. Yep. Nixon,” the announcer says in the spot. “A professional politician for 46 years, Nelson has learned some tricks. Cheap tricks, like attack your opponent regardless of the facts.”
The Nelson campaign hasn’t actually released any spots to date, but a pro-Nelson group ran a spot that raised the issue of the largest Medicare and Medicaid fraud case against the Columbia/HCA hospital chain when Scott was CEO and the fact he pleaded the fifth amendment several times during a deposition in that case.
“You would think that after nearly half a century in office, Bill Nelson would be confident enough to stand on his own accomplishments,” said Lauren Schenone, press secretary for the Scott campaign. “Instead, he relies on tired, baseless attacks that have already been tried by career politicians and rejected by Floridians time and time again. Instead of living in the past, Nelson should focus on actually achieving something (or anything) for Floridians.”
“Now that Nelson is attacking Rick Scott, you might ask, after almost a half century in office, why can’t Nelson find much good to say about himself?” the announcer asks.
“Bill Nelson. Negative. A long, long time.”
The Scott campaign and groups that support him have waged an aggressive attack on the airwaves and in digital spots. The Tampa Bay Times reported Monday that, since entering the race in early April, the Scott campaign and political committees who support him have spent roughly $20 million dollars on media buys. Many of those spots have been bought by the Scott campaign itself, while the Nelson campaign has failed to run any of its own ads to date.