August 17th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
4 years ago

RGA condemns Republican's latest ad

 Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is out with a new ad Tuesday that has been condemned by the Republican Governors Association.
Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is out with a new ad Tuesday that has been condemned by the Republican Governors Association.

(CNN) – Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary keeps getting hotter.

Former health care executive Rick Scott released an ad Tuesday tying his opponent, Florida Attorney Gen. Bill McCollum, to the disgraced former chairman of the state's Republican Party.

"Party Boss Jim Greer - arrested for money laundering," the ad begins. "And who backed Jim Greer's effort to hide financial irregularities? Bill McCollum."

Scott has criticized McCollum for what he says is the attorney general's unwillingness to call for the release of the state Republican Party's documents.

On Tuesday night, the Republican Governors Association, which has not endorsed either candidate, condemned Scott's ad and called for him to "pull this ad and move forward in the primary in a constructive manner."

Both the RGA and McCollum's campaign point out that as attorney general, McCollum took action that led to Greer's arrest.

"Floridians will see right through Rick Scott for the fraud that he is," McCollum campaign manager Matt Williams said in a statement.

The race between the two conservatives has tightened in the lead-up to the state's August 24 primaries. Recent polls have shown each candidate holding a razor thin lead over the other.


Filed under: 2010 • Bill McCollum • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Riley

    I was going to vote for Scott, but now I realize he is just too dirty for my vote. His ads have been nothing but NEGATIVITY!!!

    August 17, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  2. works for me

    Living in Florida I can't even begin to believe that this dog has even gotten to where he is... well maybe I can. He's bilked the US government (us) out of Billions in Medicaid fraud through his "healthcare network" Colombia. He won't even reveal what is settlement was with the feds. He claims he's going to create jobs in Florida?? Just how does he plan on doing this? ... teaching "Bilking the Federal Government 101"
    Yea... "let's get to work" on making sure you aren't leading our state into more greed and corruption!

    August 17, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Peter s

    Can someone smart help me here! Was Al Capone from Florida?

    August 17, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Truth hurts?

    August 17, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  5. A little sad

    Rick Scott's record at HCA does seem like a bit of a glass house.

    August 17, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  6. carlos

    rotten repulsive repugnant evil viral.........these gobp ers....they should be thrown in a giant dumpster....

    August 17, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. aunt Bea and Opie

    Looks like the gators arent the only beasts in Florida to eat their own.Well gators and republicans could both go back to the stone age and never miss a beat.

    August 17, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    The governors are afraid that the money laundering issue will be too much in the public eye after the election and it would hurt the Party of NO! Just the candidates like Sarah Pathetic, Newt, Rand Paul, Angle etc. These right wing extremists have been allowed to take over the party of NO!

    August 17, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    Because they all took money from Greer or are related to him in one war or another.

    GOP = CROOKS !

    August 17, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. kravitz

    Your headline should actually read "Fox News Condemns Republican's Latest Ad" based on Rupert Murdoch's $1 Million Dollar Underwiring of the RGA.

    August 17, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. ED FL

    It is about time Mccollum had to answer up .This guy was our representative more than 20 yrs He cost Orlando the Navy recruting base in 1990 , he also did not try to assist in getting the Veterans hospital twice through whatever reasons or deals that he was involved in . If his opponents check closer they will find a big bunch of wheeling and dealing that helped him put the screws to his constiuants.Lots of dirt in his background. while he was in congress for many years including stating he would not run again but kept his seat against his word.

    August 17, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. DianeRPCFL

    Rick Scott is the Sarah Palin of Florida GOP politics – a mouthy, lying, slash-and-burn hypocrite and fraud who has so much personal baggage that it takes a semi to haul it all. Scott, like Palin, looks normal until he opens his mouth, then you know he's dangerous, and wouldn't hesitate to go nuclear at the slightest provocation – also like Palin.

    August 17, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    The battle goes on – NO versus NO!!! The OUTCOME??? More NO!! I don't know why the RepubliCAN'Ts are fighting each other – only to TRY and get elected and do more of the SAME!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts already in office aren't doing a DOGGONE thing and more want to get there and do even "NO MORE!!!"

    August 17, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  14. BeverlyNC

    People should just get ready...Republicans will be running nasty, slanderous ads until the election. Republicans have lied, spread hate speech, fear and racism since President Obama took office. Why would they not get nastier and tell even more lies when their power is once again being threatened?

    The best way to end Republican obstructionism and their betrayal of the American People in working to restore our nation is to vote ALL of them out of office.

    Republicans now are trying to rip apart our Constitution to make it fit their hate for non-whites, prejudiice, and their continued fear and lie position that all Muslims are terrorists. They want to throw out the 1st Amendment (freedom of religion) along with the 14th Amendment (citizenship) to meet their currernt target of hate. The Constitution is not a politcal game or a political weapon.

    SHAME ON REPUBLICANS FOR DEFILING OUR CONSTITUTION. THEY ARE THE TERRORISTS.

    What about the so-called Christians who murder abortion doctors, blow up clinics? That makes it a violent religion. So – let's ban all evangelical churches who preach hate and not let them build anywhere. What's the difference?

    This is ALL about the SANCTITY OF OUR CONSTITUTION. ALL members of Congress took an oath to protect the Constitution – so since Republicans are not supporting and protecting it – they should be removed from office. They are committing TREASON.

    Get these hate-filled, racist Republicans GONE so America can recover, follow the Consitution that defines us, and help the real Americans who are the fiber of this country.

    If you care about America and our laws and Constitution then you must vote for the Democrats who stand for the People and have worked hard for the People all year.

    Republicans will destroy our nation if we let them. VOTE NO to the Party of Hate, Treason, and Racism

    August 17, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  15. KatieDid

    I live in Florida and this Rick Scott guy has his face plastered all over the TV. Those millions of $$$ he stole from the American people certainly do pay for a lot of hot air.
    EVERYTIME his face shows up on the TV, we CHANGE THE CHANNEL.
    Now, let's get to work people, CHANGE THE CHANNEL ON RICK SCOTT. A LIAR and a THIEF.

    August 18, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. DUMocRATS RECORD DEFICITS + TAXES

    Rick Scott, the disgraced health care dude who tried to sink health care reform, is back at it. Great work, fool.

    August 18, 2010 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  17. barry

    If you're not paying for the Ad shut up. It's his1st amendment right (Free Speech) to run the Ad. No wait I wasn't commenting on should he air the Ad I was merely standing up for his right to run the Ad. I have not nor will I comment on whether he should run the Ad. Who does that sound like? Yelp, you got it our President with no cojones. The same guy Jimmy Carter thanks God for every night because he makes Jimmy look better. Hillary in 2012.

    August 18, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |