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Sean Shaw ad goes after Ashley Moody on pre-existing conditions stance

Democratic Attorney General nominee Sean Shaw is launching a television commercial Wednesday that challenges his Republican opponent Ashley Moody on her position on pre-existing conditions health insurance coverage.

He also pledges he’ll battle “big insurance” and take other strong stands, including against sexual harassers.

The 30-second spot, “Your Side,” particularly goes after Moody for supporting current Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s federal lawsuit trying to strike down the national mandate that states require insurance companies to provide non-discriminatory coverage to people who have pre-existing medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

Bondi, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, and Moody all have said they favor keeping the coverage in Florida, they just don’t want states to be required to do so.

Shaw’s ad attacks Moody over the assumption that those pledges are meaningless if the lawsuit opens the door for Florida or other states to drop the coverage requirement.

“If you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes or cancer, Ashley Moody is trying to take away your health care. Why? Because she’s on the side of big insurance and pharmaceutical companies, not yours,” a narrator begins.

Then the commercial pivots to Shaw.

“But Sean Shaw is a fighter, and he’s not afraid to stand up to them or anyone to keep you safe. Not afraid of the gun lobby. Not afraid to go after sexual harassers and predators, or scammers trying to steal your money,” the narrator continues.

The sexual harassers line gets dropped in, tying it to the current hot topic among many voters.

“Floridians deserve an Attorney General who will fight for them. Someone who isn’t afraid of the gun lobby or big insurance and pharmaceutical companies. That’s what they’ll get with Sean Shaw. Ashley Moody will continue the failed policies that we deserve a change from — we deserve better,” Shaw’s campaign spokesman Michael Hopkins said in a news release announcing the new commercial.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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