Scott cam­paign de­mands TV sta­tions pull ad

Gover­nor dis­putes claim that he cut gen­eral rev­enue funds for ed­u­ca­tion

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Steven Le­mon­gello

One day af­ter the An­drew Gil­lum cam­paign de­manded TV sta­tions pull a GOP ad it said was li­belous, Gov. Rick Scott’s U.S. Se­nate cam­paign is now send­ing out its own cease-and-de­sist let­ter de­mand­ing sta­tions pull a Demo­cratic ad.

Scott’s cam­paign is­sued a let­ter crit­i­ciz­ing a Se­nate Ma­jor­ity PAC ad crit­i­cal of Scott’s ed­u­ca­tion record, claim­ing its con­tention that Scott cut state gen­eral rev­enue funds for ed­u­ca­tion is “a bla­tant ma­nip­u­la­tion of the facts.”

The ad, “Cuts,” says Scott cut $1.3 bil­lion from K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, which did hap­pen Poli­tiFact.

But the Scott cam­paign says that is dif­fer­ent from cuts to gen­eral rev­enue funds and was due to fed­eral de­cline in ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing in 2011 and 2012.

Poli­tiFact also called the cause and ef­fect of cor­po­ra­tions re­ceiv­ing tax breaks and the ed­u­ca­tion cuts, in 2011, ac­cord­ing to “murkier than the ad lets on.”

The let­ter also claims the charge that Scott cut $20 mil­lion from pre-K ig­nores fund­ing growth since 2012.

The ad, the cam­paign says, comes at a time when Scott has been work­ing to pro­tect Florid­i­ans from Hur­ri­cane Michael.

“The jux­ta­po­si­tion of the cur­rent Gover­nor, who has been im­plor­ing cit­i­zens to take mea­sures to en­sure their safety and the safety of their neigh­bors, next to that of the false and mis­lead­ing Ad­ver­tise­ment call­ing the Gover­nor’s cred­i­bil­ity into ques­tion, may sug­gest to your sta­tion’s view­ers that the Gover­nor is not to be be­lieved on mat­ters of pub­lic safety,” the let­ter warns.

Also on Fri­day, the lib­eral group VoteVets, which backs U.S. Sen. Bill Nel­son, launched an ad crit­i­ciz­ing Scott’s past as CEO of the med­i­cal group Columbia/HCA, which was fined $1.7 bil­lion for Medi­care fraud.

“He wears that Navy hat ev­ery­where he goes,” Navy vet­eran Alan Madi­son says in the ad. “Let me tell you what he did to vet­er­ans. His hospi­tal com­pany stole mil­lions, de­fraud­ing the mil­i­tary’s health care pro­gram.”


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