Senate Brief: GOP Candidates Struggle with “Dissonant” Healthcare Messaging

Week of Monday, August 20, 2018.

IN BRIEF: GOP Senate candidates are trying to have it both ways on Obamacare. They’re failing.

Republican candidates running for Senate are campaigning against the Affordable Care Act while promising they’ll protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. In states from Indiana to Montana, GOP Senate candidates are still railing against the Affordable Care Act on the stump, yet consistently swear they’ll protect the law’s most popular provisions.
That’s not how this works. Republicans can talk all they want about how they’ll keep constituents with cancer or diabetes safe from exorbitant healthcare rates — but their continued support for gutting the ACA negates every single talking point.
If a GOP Congress repeals Obamacare, or if the Republican lawsuit against the ACA succeeds, that all but guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions will be scrapped. GOP Senate candidates are consistently on the record with support for the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. The success of […]

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Rick Scott Killed High Speed Rail Until He Could Profit From It

“Floridians deserve to know exactly why Rick and Ann Scott chose to invest in a rail company that has won massive favors from the Scott administration. Rick Scott killed high speed rail in 2011 to help his special interest allies profit — and to pad his own wallet. This is the very definition of conflict of interest and corruption,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Miami Herald: Rick Scott killed a high-speed rail plan. Then All Aboard rolled up and he bought it.
By Mary Ellen Klas | August 16, 2018

“As one of his first acts in office in 2011, Gov. Rick Scott canceled a $2.4 billion federally funded and shovel-ready bullet train from Orlando to Tampa because it carried ‘an extremely high risk of overspending taxpayer dollars.’”
“Now, the idea has returned — revived by All Aboard Florida, a Coral Gables-based company that has heavily supported Scott — and the governor has reversed […]

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: Brutal Press Coverage of Rick Scott’s Algae Crisis This August

Today, American Bridge is releasing a highlight reel of Rick Scott’s devastating toxic algae crisis, which is devastating Florida families and small businesses. The video features just a sample of the brutal negative coverage Rick Scott’s abysmal handling of the crisis is earning on local TV this month.

Watch American Bridge’s highlight reel of August coverage of Rick Scott’s algae crisis here:

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Experts Agree Rick Scott is to Blame for Florida’s Toxic Algae Crisis

Every Expert Quoted By The Washington Post Blames Rick Scott

“Across Florida experts blame Rick Scott for the algae crisis that is devastating families and small businesses,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “As governor, Rick Scott has destroyed environmental protections and refused to take action that would prevent this crisis. The Washington Post could only find one person who didn’t blame Rick Scott — and that person works for Rick Scott.”

 

Washington Post: In Florida, an environmental crisis takes center stage in tight Senate race

By Brady Dennis and Lori Rozsa, August 10, 2018

Frank Jackalone, director of the Sierra Club’s Florida chapter, “said that although Scott is trying to shift the blame to Nelson, the governor is the one largely responsible for the crisis.”
Jackalone: “The fact is, Rick Scott has had far more power to deal with these issues than Bill Nelson… Rick Scott is the governor of Florida and has had […]

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Rick Scott’s Venezuelan Investments Dominate Spanish-Language Media

“The scandal surrounding Rick Scott’s hypocritical investments in Venezuela’s brutal Maduro regime keeps growing as Scott refuses to admit responsibility for his vast wealth. Despite the fact that his investments are clearly his responsibility, self-serving Scott keeps doing what he does best: telling whatever lies he needs to keep making money,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

 

Take a look at a highlight of the mounting negative press for Rick Scott in Florida’s Spanish-language media…

Univision: Rick Scott invirtió en tres firmas que hicieron negocios con Venezuela, aunque él mismo aprobó una ley para prohibirlo

Univision: Scott responde sobre supuestas inversiones en Venezuela (Vídeo)

El Venzeloano News: ¿Irónico? Gobernador de Florida invirtió en empresas que tienen negocios con el régimen de Venezuela

W Radio: La ayuda de EE.UU. no se limitará a la erradicación de coca: gobernador de la Florida

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REMINDER: Rick Scott Attacked Both of His Opponents’ Spouses In Past Elections

Self-serving Rick Scott wants Democrats and the media to back off investigating his hypocritical and conflict-ridden investments, because he knows it’s hurting his campaign. His latest tactic: pretend an attack on his unethical wealth is an attack on his family.

Unfortunately for Rick Scott, Florida reporters extensively covered his attacks against his opponents’ spouses:

In 2014, Scott spent millions of dollars on an ad attacking Charlie Crist for not releasing his wife’ tax returns.
In 2010, Scott attacked Alex Sink for not releasing her husband’s income or investments.

“Rick Scott will say or do anything to win office. This is yet another bad-faith lie from Scott’s campaign, who have proven they will lie about anything,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “No one is attacking Rick Scott’s family. But I’m not surprised self-serving Rick Scott can’t tell the difference between his unethical wealth and a living, breathing family member.”

Check out Rick Scott’s own attacks in his […]

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Rick Scott Lies About His Investment In Companies Doing Business With Venezuelan Regime

Yesterday on W Radio, Rick Scott lied about his investment in companies doing business with Venezuela’s brutal Maduro regime, which was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times.

Scott and his wife “received stock dividends or capital gains income ranging from about $345,000 to about $1.8 million in the past year from their investments” in “three firms [that] were large institutional holders of Venezuela debt.”

In an interview on the Spanish-language W Radio yesterday, Scott was confronted with his hypocrisy. His response: “It’s very important to me that we don’t do business with Venezuela…My assets have been put into a blind trust so I have no control over how they do business.”

That’s a lie. The Scotts investments are not in a blind trust — his wife still holds up to $895,000 of stock in those companies and that money has never been in a blind trust.

“Rick Scott is profiting off of […]

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Rick Scott’s Algae & Red Tide Crisis Just Keeps Growing

Rick Scott has neglected Florida’s waterways for over seven years, gutting the state agencies responsible for keeping Florida’s environment pristine and healthy. Tourism is threatened and families are getting sick, all because of Rick Scott’s failure of leadership. Now, self-serving Rick Scott is trying to blame the federal government for the mess he created — because Scott never takes responsibility.

“As blue algae and red tide decimate Florida’s waterways, choking tourism and sickening residents, Rick Scott just needs to look in the mirror to find out who’s responsible. Scott abolished an environmental protection agency, kneecapped environment enforcement, and decimated water management districts. Scott’s actions encouraged polluters to pollute more — and the voters know he’s to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

 

Check out a sample of Rick Scott’s negative environmental coverage in the last 5 days alone…

Florida Phoenix: Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s […]

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WATCH: Scott Refuses To Say How He’ll Prevent Conflicts of Interest As Senator

This morning in Tampa, Rick Scott again refused to answer reporter questions about how he will prevent conflicts of interest as a Senator. Instead, he repeated the same meaningless talking points Floridians have by now surely memorized.

“Rick Scott’s net worth has skyrocketed by millions while he’s been governor, so of course he has no plan to address his many conflicts of interest,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Rick Scott’s comments today prove yet again that Rick Scott only looks out for himself.”

 

Transcript

REPORTER: If you were to become Senator, will you have a blind trust?

SCOTT: Well as you know, I put my assets in a blind trust so I didn’t have any conflicts as governor. I’ve still got to get though this race. And when the race, when I know I’m in a good position, and then —

REPORTER: — But can you say now whether you will? […]

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BREAKING: Comrade Rick Scott Had Financial Ties To A Kremlin-Linked Company

“Rick Scott’s financial ties to a Kremlin-linked company are yet another reason Floridians can’t trust Scott to put them first,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “The fact that he only disclosed a glaring potential security liability when forced to is prompting Floridians to ask what else Comrade Scott has been hiding.”

 

Tampa Bay Times: Rick and Ann Scott had stake in shipping company linked to Kremlin

By Steve Bousquet | August 1, 2018

“Gov. Rick Scott’s recently-filed 125-page federal financial disclosure statement listed at least $50,000 in income last year from the sale of corporate securities stock in Navigator Holdings, Ltd.”
“One of Navigator’s major clients is a Russian energy company with links to the Kremlin. The Russian company is Sibur, whose owners include Russian President Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law and a Russian oligarch facing U.S. government sanctions, according to the New York Times.”
“A financial stake in Navigator became a public issue in […]

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