Rick Scott's and Charlie Crist's Teams Double Down on Attacks
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Both sides are ramping up the attacks in the Florida gubernatorial race as Gov. Rick Scott's and former Gov. Charlie Crist’s teams exchanged fire in recent days.
Let’s Get to Work, a group with ties to Gov. Rick Scott, released a new television ad on Monday which will hit airwaves across the Sunshine State on Thursday. The ad, which is being backed by a $2 million ad buy, hits former Gov. Charlie Crist -- the Democratic favorite to challenge Scott despite spending most of his political life in the GOP -- for supporting President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law.
Crist’s team quickly fired back at Scott after the video was released.
"When after four years, you have no record and no vision, you spend millions attacking your opponent," said Kevin Cate, a spokesman for Crist, on Monday. "It's the Rick Scott playbook and Floridians have had enough."
Lopez-Cantera spoke to the media on Monday and was bombarded with questions about Mike Fernandez, who had been Scott’s campaign finance co-chair, who resigned his post on Thursday night. The Miami Herald is reporting that Fernandez resigned due to campaign aides doing an over-the-top Mexican accent around him. Lopez-Cantera insisted on Monday there was no basis to that report.
"We don't tolerate inappropriate comments and I don't believe they even happened," Lopez-Cantera said. “There's no validity that we can find to any of those comments or what was written."
That also prompted the Democrats to fire back. “Making racist jokes appears to be a major part of Rick Scott's Hispanic outreach plan,” insisted Christian Ulvert, the political director of the Florida Democratic Party. “How long will it take for Carlos Lopez-Cantera to denounce these tasteless jokes made by his campaign team?"
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