That's how Scott cracks down on crime and keeps Florida safe, by taking more cops off the streets so they can help him get reelected.
Yesterday, during another event, reporters tried to ask Scott about the incident last week. As usual, Scott refused to answer and instead used his scripted remarks, saying he supports law enforcement, and that everyone should.
While Floridians do in fact support law enforcement, we can hardly say the same for Scott, who seemingly disregards the laws when it comes to taking on duty police officers off the streets to be used for his own political gain. The streets with absent officers that day were not as safe, and we can only hope there were no incidents as a result of Scott's little deceptive exercise.
Rick Scott has spent millions on campaign ads already in return for little in the polls. Today the Crist campaign launched his first television ad focusing on his support of the middle class, education, cutting property taxes, minimum wage, and equal pay for women.
It should be a universal assumption in Florida by now. If Rick Scott is willingly in front of a camera and it doesn't involve questioning from reporters, it's likely for his benefit in some way. When the Governor officially requests your presence, most people are willing to step up and are sometimes even obliged to do so.
It makes sense that teachers would honor a request for an interview if he's considering them for a Florida Teacher of the Year Award. So it's one thing to submit to such an interview knowing that you're there for the purpose of being considered as a great teacher and a candidate for an award, but it's another when the Governor's reelection campaign uses video of those same interviews instead for a reelection campaign ad, and yet another when they do so without informing those teachers what they're actually using them for.
A least some candidates for Florida Teacher of the Year didn't realize the video interviews they gave during a reception at the governor's mansion would be used in a political advertisement for Gov. Rick Scott - and one called it inappropriate...[snip]
The videographer, a governor's office employee, "asked us different questions and said the video would be used for different things throughout the governor's office," said Megan Williamson, a fourth-grade teacher from Okeechobee. "I wasn't told I was going to be in a political ad."
Williamson, a Republican, said she wouldn't have minded even if she had known the video would be used in a political ad for Scott.
"I think he's gotten the state back on track," she said. "I appreciate his concern for education."
But Apryl Shackelford, a middle school teacher from Duval County, wasn't pleased when she learned from a reporter she was featured in video urging Scott's re-election.
"I don't think it's appropriate for me to be in any political ad, Democrat or Republican" as a statewide teacher of the year finalist, she said. "It's inappropriate for me to speak for 8,000 teachers" in Duval County. "I can't say what party they should choose."
This certainly isn't the first time Rick Scott has used others as campaign or photo-op props, especially when it comes to education. Scott has used school children as props, the first time as he made severe cuts to education, using them as backdrops in his budget signing ceremony, and another when he put a sliver of those cuts back into the budget to curry favor from voters who were outraged by the cuts in the first place. Further, he used education as campaign fodder again when he went out on his "Teacher Pay Raise Victory Tour" recently. Those "raises" weren't exactly what he promised, and as one educator put it: "The math simply does not add up."
As is often the case, promises made by Rick Scott don't always add up, and math isn't exactly his strong suit.
"A state employee on state time took this video at a state event and it was sent out publicly to the press and to all our email lists," said Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz. "After that anyone can do anything they want with it."
Scott's office disclaimed responsibility for making the ad, which was posted on YouTube by the state Republican Party. Representatives from Scott's office and the state Department of Education said the party used video distributed by the governor's office as a news release, but without any coordination with the governor's office.
See? It was in no way coordinated with the state Republican Party, who at the moment do little else but campaign for Scott's reelection, and as the most unpopular governor in the country, he needs all the help he can get. Right now the RPOF is the reelect Rick Scott campaign.
But sure, this has nothing to do with Rick Scott's conducting those teacher interviews on video.
Vote NO on Amendment 6 is a statewide coalition committed to keeping Florida politicians from interfering in a woman’s personal health care decisions:
It is not for politicians to decide what should or should not be covered by someone’s health plan, or for them to take coverage away from people who already have it today. We all deserve access to health insurance plans that cover critical care we can count on, not coverage chosen for us by meddling politicians.
Amendment 6 forces politics where it doesn’t belong – period. Women, not politicians, should make personal medical decisions in consultation with their doctors, family, and faith.
Amendment 6 would put a women's health in danger by banning insurance from covering medical care she would need to end a pregnancy to protect her own health.
What do you do if you want to win an election, but you have a Presidential candidate you really didn't want, a VP candidate who turned out to be worse than your last "Game Changer" pick, and have no plan beyond destroying the rest of the country just so your Presidential candidate and others like him can enrich themselves further and pay less taxes, assuming they pays any as it is?
If you're the Republican Party, you obstruct, lie about it, blame it on the other guy, and then pull stunts that today's juveniles would probably rate about a 20 on the lame scale of 1-10.
After a disastrous convention in Tampa last week, the grand finale was Clint Eastwood yelling at an empty chair which stole Mitt Romney's thunder (and I use the term "thunder" ever so loosely,) the 12 year olds running the party, believe it or not, have doubled down on the same tactics.
They came up with quite possibly the worst campaign ad ever made in the history of badly made campaign ads (yes, perhaps even worse than the infamous "Demon Sheep of 2010.")
They brought back the chair. Really.
But this time the chair is occupied. With a cardboard Obama:
Yup. Check your IQ at the door.
Worse, they think it's a great ad! Seriously:
That's this morning's Twitter feed for Sean Spicer, the Communications Director at the Republican National Committee, along with a special appearance by so-called "Bush's Brain" Karl Rove, who also thinks it's a winner.
The ad features an "unhappy former supporter" of President Obama, who is breaking up with him now because he didn't give her a pony. Or something.
Much like the cardboard Obama who has replaced the former invisible Obama which only Clint Eastwood could see, the supporter (SPOILER ALERT!) wasn't a real supporter at all. Nope. In fact, she's actually a former Republican spokeswoman for Florida Governor Rick Scott, which in the "brilliance" department, explains a lot.
And speaking of empty chairs, the empty suit currently holding the job of Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, also thinks this is just the gem they need to turn this clown car around before it goes over the cliff:
Yes. This really is just about all they've got, topped off with a couple more "zingers" to throw at the Democrats out there while Priebus is at it:
Alluding to the speech by President Obama tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, which has been moved inside due to the threat of thunderstorms, Priebus would apparently like you to forget that his party cancelled an entire day of their own convention due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac.
And finally, in one stunningly hypocritical Tweet, Priebus "doth project too much." The man who thought it was a great idea to have an aging actor scream at a chair, occupied with a man only he could see, Priebus speaks of a convention only he can see by saying the DNC "has become a spectacle of pretexts, attacks, distortion, and internal discord."
Well, you might want to take a look in the mirror there, Reince.