Rick Scott has spent as much as $3.5 million on TV ads excoriating Charlie Crist over a former donor convicted in a Ponzi scheme.
But Scott doesn't want to talk about it.
“I’m not a pundit,” Scott said last week when asked about his Scott Rothstein-related ads.
“You guys write about this stuff,” Scott said. “You can write about it.”
Reporters are already used to Scott being the most-scripted and least-forthcoming statewide candidate in years. On his campaign bus last week, Scott wanted to talk about tax cuts.
But Scott won’t even go off-message to go on-message about Rothstein.
And that’s what makes Scott’s non-answer so peculiar, the relative silence so deafening. It’s his message. It’s not about other issues he shies away from: gay marriage, the minimum wage, his office’s apparent flouting of public-records laws or the record fraud fine paid by his former hospital company.
Rothstein is a major hallmark of Scott’s reelection. It’s one of his most-advertised talking points. The amount of money Scott has spent on this topic is about 40 percent of all pro-Crist ads run by Democrats.
In politics, as in business, money talks. You put your money where your mouth is. Conservatives closely equate free speech and campaign spending for a reason.