September 29th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Florida Dems out with new ads for Sink

(CNN) - The Florida Democratic Party is out Wednesday with two ads supporting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink.

One is a mostly positive ad in which Sink takes a shot at her opponent's previous leadership of a health care company.

"I know Floridians have a lot of questions about Rick Scott," Sink says in the ad. "The company he ran was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud against seniors and taxpayers. On the other hand the Florida bank I led [made] $1.7 billion in loans to small businesses. Newspapers say I ran my company with honesty and integrity."

Sink has criticized Scott - as his GOP primary opponent had - for running a health care provider that was fined $1.7 billion for alleged fraud. Scott, the former CEO of Columbia/HCA, defeated the GOP establishment candidate, Rick McCollum, in last month's primary.

Scott, in August, told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King that "my opponent said that in the primary, and he lost," adding that when you're in business and things go wrong, "you should take responsibility as the CEO. I do."

The other ad is strictly an attack ad that clips together bites of television news stories about Scott.

"Corrupt CEO Rick Scott lies about Alex Sink's record, while trying to hide his own, and it's time for the truth," FDP spokesman Eric Jotkoff said in a statement. "[…]Floridians deserve to know the truth about Rick Scott – and deserve as Governor better than someone who was forced to resign as head of a company that pled guilty to 14 felonies and who pled the fifth 75 times in one deposition to avoid incriminating himself."

The ads are running in media markets statewide.

Sink and Scott are deadlocked in the race for the Sunshine State's top office.

A new CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely Florida voters is set to be released Wednesday.

Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Snow

    All sink has done is support all the tax and spending by the demorats in DC.

    September 29, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. PaulC

    I fail to see how anyone can have confidence in the integrity and personal ethics of Rick Scott. How can you overlook the fraud and criminal activities of the hospital system he ran. To claim that he was totally unaware of any chicanery only makes him appear incompetent in addition to being ethically challenged.

    September 29, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    All the Democratic candidates must fight back republicans running their campaign full of rumors

    September 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Rick Scott is a vile, repulsive con-artist that epitomizes everything that is wrong with our political system. I can't believe the GOP picked this guy to run for Gov considering his baggage and narrow-minded agenda.

    September 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Rick Scott should be a a federal prision he ripped of the Medicare Program big time, cnn, why don't you report this ???????

    September 29, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Orlando Patriot

    Let's be fair – – – if it was an ACTUAL fraud case then Rick Scott would have been charged with a crime. Bill McCollum is the freakin' Attorney General and ran AGAINST Rick Scott in the primary. If there was ANY criminal act done you KNOW Rick Scott would have been charged. What exactly happened we (the public) don't really know so since we don't know it is unfair to continue to state that Rick Scott committed fraud.

    Therefore it was a paperwork issue. Anybody knows that when you get the government involved and requires paperwork (i.e. IRS, etc.) mistakes happen. When working with such large amounts of money and large beaurocracies more mistakes can happen. Yes, that there were extensive mistakes made in proper paperwork is obviously the case and the company paid a fine for that egregious error. Additionally Rick Scott is partly to blame for part of the error at the very least for not requiring the proper internal audits. However, to state Rick Scott committed "fraud" is incorrect and unfair. Let's stay on topic and debate the issues.

    September 29, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Paul in Long Beach CA

    If Florida votes Scott in, they will be the official state of dumbed down no union slaves. I hope you do not take that road Florida. I know here in California we won't with Meg Whitman.

    September 29, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. The reality is...

    Just when you think the Democrats couldn't get any more untrustworthy and corrupt than they are we read more reports about their false accusations and charges against their opponents and cringe. I guess after what they did to Ted Stevens in Alaska they think they can get away with anything. But do a search on that issue and you will find that the man was innocent of the charges and one of the prosecutors committed suicide. I don't know if it was because he had a guilty conscience but it may well have been. The Democrats are going down and are desperately mad like rabid dogs. Vote them ALL out; they are criminals and are destroying the country.

    September 29, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. jim

    Here we go again .Another negative campaign ad by a democrat that can't say anything positive about the direction of the country and their vision of what needs to be done .So go on the attack and call your opponent any thing you can to distract the voter from what is really important.

    September 29, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Rick in OP

    I live in Florida.
    Alex Sink's campaign ads are enough to scare small children.
    I have yet to see the woman smile. Maybe she is still upset over Jeb Bush beating her husband in the Florida gubernatorial election in 2002?

    September 29, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    Anyone here who states that the NEGATIVE ads are coming from the Democrats only should take notice of whom they are supporting and their ads – Negative does not bring Positive ads – Democrats learned that lessons from the RepubliCAN'Ts. Therefore, we will fight to the bitter end and MATCH and/or do BETTER than what Negative Ads the RepubliCAN'Ts put out!! YES WE CAN!!!

    DEMOCRATS in FL – STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and believe in it – WIN the RACE and be proud of it and we WILL succeed in November 2010!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message – my Impersonator would NOT!!!

    September 29, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |