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Rick Scott uses Dem criticisms in first TV ad attacking "opportunist" Charlie Crist


Just as Charlie Crist made his official announcement for governor, Gov. Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee is up with its first paid attack ad of the 2014 election season that uses the words of Democrats to bash the newly minted candidate.

The ad buy is small, about $525,000, but the significance is large: It's 365 days until the November elections, and Scott is doing what we all said he would: Carpetbombing Crist.

Scott's unwitting/incidental allies: Florida Democrats Alex Sink, Karen Thurman, Bob Buckhorn and Kendrick Meek as well as former Vice President Al Gore. None of whom had much good to say about Crist when he was a Republican.

Expect Meek, still licking his wounds over Crist's decision to run as an independent in the 2010 Senate race, to exact a measure of revenge.

Crist still needs to get past Democrat Nan Rich, and Meek is expected by many to endorse her. Scott's team might also give Rich a boost to make her competitive.

Scott is expected to have $100 million to spend. How much can Crist raise? It's an open question. But allegedly President Obama's backers will help Crist, who helped the president, stay competitive.