Can a single ad tip an election? After a rocky primary victory, businessman Rick Scott (R) has been narrowly leading Florida CFO Alex Sink (D) in the state’s gubernatorial race, but an ad cut with funding from the Democratic Governors Association could prove devastating for his chances among those in the state who have yet to form an opinion about him.
The 30-second spot, which features attorneys, sheriffs and sergeants of all political stripes digging into Scott for pleading the fifth 75 times when questioned about his role in a Medicare billing fraud scheme in which his company was indicted, is pretty damning. It also shows a potential opening for Sink to outflank Scott on the issue of law enforcement and appeal to conservative voters in this area. Sink’s Democratic Party affiliation might make her chances slim were she running for Senate, but in state office contests there’s generally still a little more leeway for candidates to nab votes across the political aisle.