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From a ponzi schemer to a secret deposition, 2014's 'mudslinging' looks like 2010 throwback


In Florida’s bareknuckle governor’s race, it’s as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

The Florida Democratic Party on Thursday announced a digital media effort to highlight a sealed deposition that damaged Rick Scott on the campaign trail four years ago.

At the same time, the Republican Party of Florida took to Twitter and mockingly marked Charlie Crist’s birthday by featuring a photo of the Democrat blowing out birthday candles with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein — a relationship that haunted the then-governor in his unsuccessful 2010 U.S. Senate bid.

The state GOP also filed elections complaints Thursday that accused Crist of using the recent tour promoting his book — which revolves around his 2010 race — to help circumvent campaign-finance laws. Earlier this week, a batch of election-year complaints against Crist and Scott were rejected as baseless.

The back-and-forth slugfest, which has led to $22 million in TV ads so far and a neck-and-neck race, promises only to intensify as each side tries to make the other guy look like a secretive crook.

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Bill McCollum

How did I ever lose to this guy?


Bill, because you are an idiot.


Alex - what was the name of the guy (campaign worker) that passed you the note during the debate?

Do you think that cost you 70,000 votes due to the negativity?

Bill McCollum

Alex that was uncalled for.

I got beat by a guy with unlimited money who ran countless false negative ads attacking me for not being conservative enough.

That does not make me an idiot!

Christopher M. Kennard

It is enough to make anyone sick who detects all the whiffs of corruption from both candidates, Rick Scott and Chain Gang Charlie Crist, as well as both political parties.

The only real solution for voters of both parties is to vote for those who are not part of the inside crowd in either the Democratic or Republican Parties.

Who is an outside force that is honest and will well represent all the people within the State of Florida? Nan Rich? The Libertarian candidate?

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