Rick Scott launches Spanish-language Puerto Rico ad

Rick Scott at Orlando Puerto Rico parade

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott is launching a new Spanish-language TV commercial Wednesday touting his creds in helping Puerto Rico and featuring the island territory’s member of Congress praising him.

“As a Puerto Rican, I thank him,” U.S. Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón of Puerto Rico says in Spanish at a Scott campaign event in May, standing next to him and Florida First Lady Ann Scott. “He offered us, in the moment of greatest need for our island in 90 years, shelter, a hug and an opportunity.”

The 30-second spot, “Gracias” [“Thanks”,] is being launched on Spanish-language television and the internet, seeking to build on Scott’s efforts to support Puerto Rico and displaced Puerto Ricans who came to Florida following the island’s devestation by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.

The commercial is the latest shot in the battle with Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for the Puerto Rican vote, a significant factor in the Orlando area.

In the new commercial, footage of that May event in Kissimmee is mixed with other shots of Scott at other Puerto Rican events, meeting with various people, sometimes in front of a Puerto Rican flag, and walking in a Puertan Rico parade in Orlando in April.

“Gov. Rick Scott will be a great senator for the state of Florida. I know that as senator, he will be better,” she states in the commercial. “Leaders like Gov. Scott of Florida are the type of people we need in Congress.”

Scott Powers

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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 [email protected].


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