Rick Scott (CAN-R-FL-GOV) Fights Dirty

Of late, Rick Scott (CAN-R-FL-GOV) has put out some factless ads against Bill McCollum (CAN-R-FL-GOV).

First, let’s look at Let’s Get to Work and their ad. It is a committee created by Rick Scott’s wife to help him raise funds federally to overcome Florida state laws. Far be it for me to criticize him getting money nationally and there may be nothing illegally going on, but he should be honest about his association with the group in the ad.

In the ad and Rick Scott’s website equates the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) with abortion. FAH is a trade group that represents hospitals, nothing more. I’ll let FactCheck.org take it from here:

Furthermore, McCollum’s connection to FAH is tenuous at best. McCollum joined Baker & Hostetler as a partner in 2001. At the time FAH already had been a paying client, beginning in 1999. McCollum did not work on the FAH account, lobbying almost exclusively for the financial services industry, according to a client list provided by the McCollum campaign.

Let’s Get to Work builds on this false foundation to argue at the close of the ad that McCollum was “wrong to help abortion providers.” When asked how McCollum helped abortion providers, the Scott campaign (again speaking for Let’s Get to Work) provided information on the Health Care Claims Guidance Act. McCollum, who served in the House from 1981 to 2001, introduced the bill in 1998 to amend how hospitals are prosecuted for false claims.

So how does Let’s Get to Work link that bill to abortion providers? The same way it connected FAH to abortion providers: The group labels hospitals as abortion providers, so a bill that supported hospitals in the claims process would be viewed as supporting abortion providers. That’s faulty logic.

The biggest problem I have is that Rick Scott is hidding behind a federal fund raising committee to do his dirty work. He should be honest with the general Florida public with his association with Let’s Get to Work, not just through a document dump on a late summer afternoon.