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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WATCH: Danny on Dean

#TBT! Before Dean Heller and Danny Tarkanian take the stage with President Trump tonight in Las Vegas, we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane.

We’re sure tonight will be all about unity, but just one short year ago, with Tarkanian and Heller locked in a bitter Senate primary fight, they weren’t what we’d call allies.

Here’s a round up of Tarkanian’s greatest hits against Heller, to start the night off on the right — or, at least, the honest — foot:

WATCH Danny on Dean here.

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REALLY? Heller Calls Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations a “Hiccup”

“Nevadans are finally seeing who the real Dean Heller is: a rubber-stamp Republican who will casually dismiss sexual assault allegations against political allies — but only on a top-secret GOP conference call,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Voters should wonder what else Heller is saying behind closed doors — and whether he’s thinking of anyone but himself.”

Nevada Independent: Heller predicts Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court despite ‘hiccup’
By Riley Snyder | September 19th, 2018

“Republican Sen. Dean Heller is predicting that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the nation’s highest court despite the “hiccup” of a recent allegation that the judge sexually assaulted a woman when they were both teenagers.”
“In a ‘VIP’ conference call arranged by the Nevada Republican Party on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the state, Heller — who is running for re-election against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen […]

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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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“Childish and Unappealing,” “Sexist,” “Petty”: What Arizonans Are Saying About Martha McSally’s Debunked Campaign Ads

Arizona Daily Star: Letter: What is McSally saying?
By Bette E. Bunker Richards | September 12, 2018

“As a family member who has supported and assisted active duty military members my entire life, I am thoroughly disgusted with Martha McSally’s political ads.”
“Does she think that military family members do not also serve our country? My family members fought — and sometimes died — for the right of Americans to protest any and all government actions.”
“Obviously, McSally thinks I, and other military family members, have no right to protest and she did not fight for that.”
“Why doesn’t she talk about her record as a representative instead of only her past military experience?”

Read the full letter here.

Arizona Daily Star: Letter: Open letter to the Honorable Martha McSally
By Cindy Soffrin | September 12, 2018

“Let’s be clear, you were performing your military service […]

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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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Heller: “America Will Be Better Off” With Justice Kavanaugh

Last Friday Dean Heller doubled down on his blind support of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, praising Kavanaugh’s credentials hours after a sexual assault allegation against the judge surfaced.

In a radio interview with KKOH’s Dan Mason Show, Heller called public confirmation hearings “unfortunate,” said Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a “no brainer,” predicted “America will be better off” because of Judge Kavanaugh, and agreed that Kavanaugh’s qualifications were “just not questionable.”

Listen to Heller go all in for Brett Kavanaugh: Part 1, Part 2.

Part 1:

HOST: “Is the debate on the floor going to be as silly as some of the stuff we’ve already seen?”

HELLER: “Well my prediction hasn’t changed. By the end of the month we’ll have a Justice Kavanaugh, and America will be better off because of it.”

HOST: “We would be better off if we stopped […]

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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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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]

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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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