Charlie Crist Launches New Ad Even as GOP Calls Out his TV Spots

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 1, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

Rick Scott and Charlie Crist

With less than a month to go until the primary, former Gov. Charlie Crist launched a new TV ad on Thursday in which he attacks Gov. Rick Scott and ignores primary rival former Florida Senate Democratic Nan Rich. Despite having spent most of his political life as a Republican and only joining the Democrats in December 2012, Crist is a heavy favorite to beat Rich in next month’s primary. 

In the ad, Crist goes on the attack against Scott on a host of fronts. 

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The ad closes with a closeup of Crist saying a variation of the line associated with his old boss, trial lawyer John Morgan, a prominent Democratic fundraiser. “I’ll put the people first,” Crist says in the ad. “Always have. Always will.”

Morgan & Morgan featured billboards across the state with Crist’s picture on them which included their tagline “For the People.” Crist also appeared in TV ads for Morgan’s law firm.

Florida Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, the chairman of Scott’s campaign, fired away at the new ad on Thursday, even adding a swipe at a previous ad which Crist filmed at a Pinellas County school.

“After launching his latest attacks, Charlie Crist needs to go back to school – although he probably shouldn’t film another ad there,” Thrasher said on Thursday. “As Floridians were losing their jobs and their homes, Charlie Crist did even more damage by raising taxes and tuition on middle-class families and leaving schools in worse shape. Rick Scott has righted these wrongs, and Charlie Crist deserves an 'F' in math and history.”

The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) pursued that line of attack on Thursday, as well. Juston Johnson from the RPOF sent a letter to Michael Grego, the superintendent of Pinellas County schools, and asked for him to demand Crist stop running the commercial. The school district has asked Crist to stop running the ad.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (1)

Geo Mick
2:33PM AUG 1ST 2014
Is that Carole Crist in the ad? at the 24sec mark.

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