Money Talks: DeSantis not returning cash to donor who called Obama N-word

“Money talks, and by not returning his contributions from a racist who freely uses racial slurs Ron DeSantis is sending a message that these comments are ok,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Ron DeSantis and his ever-growing list of white supremacist supporters might find this type of racist rhetoric acceptable, but the people of Florida don’t.”

AP: DeSantis not returning cash to donor who called Obama N-word

September 20, 2018

Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis’ campaign for Florida governor says he will no longer accept money from a donor who used the N-word in a tweet about President Barack Obama.

But campaign spokesman Stephen Lawson said Thursday that money they’ve already taken from Steven Alembik’s company, SMA Communications, won’t be returned because it was already spent on the primary election.

TheDemocratic affiliated group American Bridge provided ascreen shot of the Alembi’s tweet, […]

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Quick Clip: Rick Scott’s “Bus Tour” Is Going Terribly

Scott is cancelling events and running
from constituents as protests plague his tour

Rick Scott’s plane bus tour is off to a horrible start.

Here are a few of the ways Scott’s tour has stumbled in its first week:

Last week, Scott ditched his stop at one Florida donut shop for another one with fewer protestors.
Scott was called out for using his private plane between campaign stops.
Yesterday, Scott was “besieged” by protestors who blame him for the toxic algae blooms and Red Tide plaguing Florida waters.
And just this morning, Scott announced he’s cancelling a stop in red tide-affected Naples.

 

Tallahassee’s Spectrum News even highlighted the anti-Scott protests at yesterday’s stop, which were so loud they forced Scott to leave his event after just ten minutes.

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Quick Clip: Rick Scott’s Immigration Pander-monium

Rick Scott raised eyebrows across Florida this weekend after WBFS exposed the two very different ads his campaign is running on immigration.

In South Florida, Scott is portraying an “understanding and friendly tone” on immigration. Meanwhile, up north, Scott refers to an “immigration mess,” and blames Senator Nelson for “the catch and release policy that’s allowed 900,000 illegal immigrants caught here to stay here.”

“This is exactly the type of transparent political pandering that voters detest,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “And it’s further proof that Rick Scott will say and do anything to get elected — including making reductive assumptions about Floridians.”

Watch WBFS expose Scott’s contradictory ads:

Watch the full clip here.

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Senate Brief: Republicans On Kavanaugh Assault Allegation: Ignore, Dismiss, Distract

Week of Monday, September 17.

IN BRIEF: A sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is putting Republican Senate candidates in a pickle.

After months of blind support for Kavanaugh’s nomination, GOP candidates will face increased scrutiny on a nominee they thought was airtight. And if their reactions so far are any indication, don’t hold your breath for Republicans to do the honorable thing.

Josh Hawley was dogged by questions from reporters after the first Missouri Senate debate last Friday. Asked about the allegation, Hawley said the Senate should move forward and vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Asked “Do you believe the woman?,” he refused to answer and made a quick exit.
Dean Heller doubled down on his support for Kavanaugh in a local radio interview conducted hours after the allegation was made public, saying “America will be better off” […]

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QUICK CLIP: In Painfully Awkward Interview, Scott Struggles To Walk The Line On Trump Support

Scott was pressed on Trump’s lies about the Hurricane Maria death toll

In an interview with local press today, Rick Scott had a really, really tough time walking the line on his support for President Trump. Scott has recently been called out for dampening his gung-ho support for the President.

Pressed on Trump’s false denial of Hurricane Maria’s death toll, Scott stammered his way through an awkward position, while his staff urgently tried to stop the interview.

REPORTER: [0:53] Do you think it’s presidential behavior for him to be tweeting lies and making things up like that?

SCOTT: Well I– I’m gonna — I’m — I’m going to do what I do. I represent Florida. When I agree with the President I’ll agree with him and when I disagree with him I’ll disagree with him.

STAFFER: Last question.

SCOTT: I’m appreciative that we’ve gotten our money to fix the dike at Lake Okeechobee. […]

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Donald Trump Says Puerto Rico Deaths Were Made Up: Does Ron DeSantis Agree?

This morning, President Trump tweeted that contrary to, well, the truth, 3,000 people did not die in 2017 from the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico. This raises an obvious question – does Trump’s biggest supporter, Ron DeSantis, agree? DeSantis has previously praised Trump’s handling of the Puerto Rico hurricanes.

“Ron DeSantis has staked his entire candidacy around his record of being a spineless yes-man for Donald Trump in Washington,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Considering he is on record praising Trump’s handling of the storms that devastated Puerto Rico, DeSantis needs to answer if he agrees with Donald Trump that 3,000 people did not die in the Puerto Rico hurricanes.”

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Survey Says: Rick Scott Is Running From Trump

“It’ll take a miracle for Trump superfan Rick Scott to convince Floridians he’s turned from Trump. Good luck!” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.

MSNBC: Rick Scott Runs From Trump

“Heck, we’ve even seen Rick Scott, who’s running for Senate in Florida, not be as cozy with the president as he has for months and years before this. And I’m sure he has an eye on this trend.” [MSNBC, 9/11/18]

Watch the full clip here

Politico: Rick Scott plays ‘keep away from Trump’
By Marc Caputo | September 10, 2018

 

“Florida Republican Rick Scott is as close as any governor with Donald Trump. Yet it’s former President George W. Bush, no friend to Trump, who will join Scott at two fundraisers for a super PAC backing Scott’s Senate campaign Friday. It’s the latest instance of the Florida governor visibly tying his political fortunes to a prominent Republican other than the current president.”
“Scott […]

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Senate Brief: Healthcare Looms Large for GOP Senate Candidates

Week of Monday, September 10.

IN BRIEF: After nearly a decade of thwarted efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are showing no signs of letting up — even as voters say healthcare is top of mind this election cycle. Let’s break it down:

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows strong support for key elements of the Affordable Care Act, specifically the law’s guaranteed protections for pre-existing conditions coverage. A whopping 75% of the public polled say it is “very important” that the ACA’s pre-existing conditions protections remain law.

Meanwhile, 20 Republican state Attorneys General are engaged in a lawsuit against the federal government, the outcome of which could invalidate the ACA, including the protections for pre-existing conditions coverage. State Attorneys General Josh Hawley and Patrick Morrisey are co-counsels on the suit and many other GOP candidates have expressed support for the litigation.

And […]

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American Bridge & LCV Victory Fund Launch Ad Exposing Rick Scott’s Record on Algae, Clean Water

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2018
Contacts: Alyssa Roberts, 202-454-4573, aroberts@lcv.org
Joshua Karp, jkarp@americanbridge.org

American Bridge & LCV Victory Fund
Launch Ad Exposing Rick Scott’s Record
on Algae, Clean Water
New video calls out Scott for trying to spin the facts, distort his record

Tallahassee, Florida – LCV Victory Fund and American Bridge today released a new digital ad calling out Florida Senate candidate Rick Scott for trying to spin the facts on clean water and the devastating toxic algae crisis. Specifically, the ad points to the $700 million cut Scott made to Florida’s Water Management Districts – which are in charge of keeping Florida’s waters clean. Now, toxic algae is polluting Florida, killing wildlife, making kids sick, and devastating small businesses.

WATCH: “Rick Scott’s Water Crisis”

“For years, […]

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Rick Scott & Mike Pence are Two Peas in a Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Ending Pod

Rick Scott has spent his whole career fighting the Affordable Care Act. So of course he has refused to oppose the lawsuit that could strip millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions of their healthcare. Scott’s close ally Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is a co-counsel on the lawsuit, and his close friend Donald Trump has his administration supporting the suit.

But when asked about his position on an issue vital to the lives of millions of Floridians, Scott ducked responsibility: “That’s a decision of the attorney general,” and, “That’s a separate … my office is not involved in that.”

But it’s not hard to tell where Rick Scott stands. This afternoon, Scott is campaigning and raising cash with Vice President Mike Pence at a fundraiser — his strongest endorsement yet of the Trump Administration’s crusade against pre-existing conditions protections and the whole Affordable Care Act.

“Rick Scott wants to take […]

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