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Florida Democrats and RPOF Exchange Shots Over Rick Scott's Proposed Tax Cuts

September 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

On Monday, the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) exchanged shots over Gov. Rick Scotts proposal to slash $500 million in taxes from the state budget.

With Scott gearing up to run for a second term next year, the Florida Democrats launched a Web ad on Monday in which they attack the governors proposal to cut taxes.

As he flies around the state in his private jet, Governor Rick Scott is meeting with corporate donors to figure out a way to give special interests a 500 million-dollar taxpayer giveaway -- ignoring our schools, ignoring our roads, ignoring Floridians who need better health care, the narrator of the video says in the new ad.

The Florida Democrats include a series of quotes from newspapers across the state before slamming Scott for traversing the Sunshine State last week to promote the tax cut.

The governor calls it his listening tour' He may listen, but doesnt hear, the narrator says at the end of the ad. Governor, we hear you. We just dont like what youre saying.

Lenny Curry, the chairman of the RPOF, fired back on Monday afternoon, hitting the Florida Democrats for hurting the middle class by refusing to support the tax cut. In his response to the ad, Curry singled out Allison Tant, the chairwoman of the Florida Democrats.

"Allison Tant and the Florida Democratic Party have proven to everyone that they are the party of no, insisted Curry. By doubling down their attacks on Rick Scott's $500 million tax and fee cut proposal, they are saying no to the middle class. Their attacks contain no facts because they cannot credibly criticize the governor on the issues Floridians care most about: jobs, education and cost of living.

Curry said this attack proves the Democrats have little to offer as they look to win their first gubernatorial election in 20 years.

All of this confirms what we've known all along: Florida Democrats have no positive agenda to share with voters, desperately opposing good policies and attacking a successful record from Governor Rick Scott," Curry said.

The Republican leadership of both the Senate and the House have said they support Scott's proposal.

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