Liberal activist group American Bridge is launching a digital ad buy on Facebook and YouTube to spotlight what it describes as Gov. Rick Scott‘s inconsistent position on offshore drilling.
The buy, which will target coastal Florida communities, runs through the week.
“Rick Scott does whatever is best for his wealthy cronies and big corporations, and that’s why he’s spent his entire political career fighting to expand oil drilling off Florida’s coast. Rick Scott’s latest lie is nothing more than a shameless attempt to whitewash history to further his personal political ambition,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp in a press release Wednesday.
As Florida Politics reported Wednesday afternoon, Scott claims to have been “clear forever” in his opposition to offshore oil drilling.
“I’ve been very clear. I’m not going to allow anything to happen along our coast to impact our environment. I’ve said that forever,” Scott said Wednesday in Jacksonville
However, American Bridge notes that Scott “absolutely opposed” an Obama-era moratorium against offshore oil exploration in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and that Scott did not present any real opposition to offshore drilling until very recently.
American Bridge offers a report detailing Scott’s evolving position; the video, meanwhile, quotes Scott saying that “offshore drilling is an option; I believe in it.”