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Scott's Miami TV ad featured convicted smuggler

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign has ended a month-long run of a campaign ad touting support from small business owners, including a Tampa man convicted of human smuggling four years ago on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

As first reported by the Broward Bulldog site, Maikel Duarte Torres was featured in the spot. "The ad is no longer running," Scott campaign spokesman Greg Blair said Monday, adding that the spot was removed from the airwaves last week. The Bulldog said the ad began running on one local Spanish-language station in Miami, America Teve, in late July.

The Bulldog reported that Duarte Torres, a native of Cuba, was convicted in 2011 of his role in trying to smuggle 10 Cuban migrants from St. Maarten to Miami. In the ad, Duarte Torres is seen praising Scott and saying, "I'm just like him. I'm like the American dream."

It's the second time that a Scott ad highlighted a person who has had serious run-ins with the law. The Times/Herald reported in April that a web-only ad featured Corey Alston, the former city manager of South Bay, who resigned from office after being charged with grand theft, corruption and misuse of office.


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Bill McCollum

Oy vey!

David J.

There is that crack campaign team. Nothing like a lack of experience and a lot of money to mask it during a campaign.

Bill Thompson

The scumbag Scott has gone from supporting an Arizona style anti-immigration law in 2010 to running tv ads in spanish using convicted smugglers of illegal aliens and giving in state tuition tax breaks to illegal aliens. This most horrible man will do and say anything in his desperate attempt to get re-elected.

Karleen Sanders

I don't know Bill Thompson but he is correct when he call Scott "the most horrible man." I worked for HCA/Columbia when he was CEO. He was slithering then as he is now.

Keith Stegath

Any body sick to these two yet?

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