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The Revealing Arrogance Behind Rick Scott Re-Election Campaign’s Leaked Memo

| July 29, 2014

Gov. Rick Scott is counting his chickens before they hatch. (© FlaglerLive)

Gov. Rick Scott is counting his chickens before they hatch. (© FlaglerLive)

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2014 re-election campaign manager and deputy manager issued a joint memo Sunday with the subject line: “100 Days Out, Gov. Scott Campaign is Poised to Win.” It was addressed to “Interested Parties,” so it quickly turned up in the Miami Herald.

Of course, that was Team Scott’s plan to begin with, to get their boldly self-congratulatory status update in front of as many eyes as possible. Rally the troops with news of how great everything’s going, rah-rah, kick some dirt in the faces of Team Crist, rah-rah, and serve up some right-wing red meat, rah-rah.


But what the memo serves up most effectively is a reminder that arrogance remains at the hostile heart of a campaign built on deception and divisiveness.

After crowing “the Scott campaign has outpaced, outworked, and outmatched Charlie Crist in every measurable way,” the memo gets down to business, boasting that “Since January 1, 2013, the combined efforts of our campaign, Let’s Get to Work, and the Republican Party of Florida have raised an astonishing $84 million.”

Cue the darkly threatening organ music and cut to hidden camera footage of Crist & Company shaking and quaking! Be afraid! Be very afraid, because many, many more Scott TV/radio ads are coming!!

context floridaThe memo doesn’t mention how much of that astonishing $84 million was piled up by big business donors and other private special interests that have benefited from Scott’s anti-taxation and anti-regulation crusade for almost four years now. It doesn’t say how many small “ Mom & Pop” donors threw 10 or 20 bucks in either. And, it doesn’t mention that Scott’s “Let’s Get To Work” committee stands accused of breaking the law in an effort to exploit glaring weaknesses in campaign finance rules.

As usual with Scott & Company, you learn at least as much about their mindset and strategy from what they don’t say, as from what they do.

For instance, the memo claims “voters remember how badly Charlie Crist mismanaged Florida’s economy and budget.” It doesn’t mention that it was, in fact, The Great Recession starting in 2008 that blew a hole in Florida’s budget, not Crist’s management of it.

In fact, if Crist hadn’t put his political butt on the line by taking federal stimulus funds, Florida’s economic meltdown would have been worse, and its recovery that much slower.

By the way, those are actual facts not opinions. You can look them up, if you’re interested in the whole truth. And you’ll have to, since you won’t find them in any Scott re-election campaign messaging or memos.

No, what you’ll find is a “pot calling the kettle black” mentality that gives you lines like this one from the “100 Days Out” memorandum: “We will continue to arm ourselves with the funding necessary to fight against the continued smear campaign of personal attacks from Charlie Crist.

That combination of bravado and BS might fly with hardcore conservatives, your real knee-jerk right-wingers. But anybody anywhere near willing to be a little objective knows it’s the Republican Party of Florida and the Scott campaign that have been in scorched-earth, fear and smear attack mode since before Crist even announced his candidacy.

Personal attacks against Crist are so tired, the Scott campaign and memo have to up the ante with this classic kind of bait and switch fear mongering:

“After all, the Governor is not just running against Charlie Crist – he is running against the Obama machine, the trial lawyers, and every other liberal special interest that wants to take control of our state.”

Yeah, right. And Fox News is fair and balanced.

Daniel Tilson owns a Boca Raton-based Full Cup Media, a communications firm specializing in online video and written content for non-profits, political candidates and organizations, and small businesses.

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8 Responses for “The Revealing Arrogance Behind Rick Scott Re-Election Campaign’s Leaked Memo”

  1. Steve Wolfe says:

    Arrogance for encouraging the campaign? What are they supposed to do, declare mediocrity? Is the Christ campaign using more measured rhetoric?

    This kind of attack is to be expected, but it is so whiney to have to declare a harmless memo to be some kind of bombshell over the choice of words. Sounds like a word nazi. And the author makes no attempt to support his allegations of dark donor sources, so it must be open season for unsubstantiated charges of impropriety. On the other hand, Christ does wear a halo. Nationwide Democrats are demonstrating how lucky we are to have them.

  2. Carl says:

    If the people of Floriduh reelect this thief soon as my disability come through I will move , can t stand his GREED , LIES, FLEECING OF THE PEOPLE AND THIS STATE!!!!

  3. Rebel Yell says:

    Fox News “is” fair and balanced. Unlike those liberal/socialist zombie media cults. Go RICK SCOTT !!!
    Send Charlie the Crispy head back to traitor land.

  4. PC LOVER says:

    funny article !

  5. I can't remember.If I'm a Republican or a Democrat? says:

    Charlie Crist has the same opportunities as anyone to raise campaign funds. It is always about the Dollar.

  6. confidential says:

    Charlie Christie did not run or was the head of the Columbia HCA that was forced to pay the highest fine ever imposed by law for huge fraud against our beloved Medicare!
    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/05/3973857/rick-scott-oversaw-the-largest.html
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/10/17/911096/-Rick-Scott-Health-Care-Fraud

  7. Devrie says:

    Um, the difference between Fox News and some of those Liberal/socialist zombie cults is that Fox says it’s fair and balanced, and it’s supporters often think there is little to no bias in the programming. The liberal socialist zombie media outlets admit they’re biased, and the supporters watch them knowingly.

    That said, there are few unbiased sources of information available without having to cross-reference and investigate like a seasoned old-fashioned journalist. Few people are casually interested in politics, because whatever glimmer of information we get is utterly biased and oftentimes absurd.

  8. OrlandoChris says:

    Folks, it all comes down to recognition. We need to spread the word about Adrian Wyllie in order for him to win. I am very much behind the “super brochure” plan, so much so, that I personally have completely covered my entire precinct where I live. I think it’s the most affective and economical way to bring the super voters, attention to Adrian Wyllie. Most don’t even know there is another choice other than scott/crist. It only cost me $47.50 to cover my precinct. I urge others to do the same. If you want him elected, you must do something to make it happen. Just your one vote will not do it. Take advantage of this great opportunity we have to get a Libertarian in the Governor’s office. We (Floridians) desperately need this. I beg you to do what you can. http://www.WyllieForGovernor.com

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