Republican ad seeks to tie Anna Eskamani to rage, declares ‘Let’s rise above’

Stockton Reeves ad

The Republican Party of Florida is releasing a new television commercial attacks Democratic House District 47 nominee Anna Eskamani, seeking to tie her to anger and rage on the left, and Republican nominee Stockton Reeves as the candidate to help “Rise above the rage.”

The new 30-second spot, which technically is a three-for also supporting the re-election campaigns of state Reps. Mike La Rosa and Bobby Olszewski, recycles some stark, black-and-whiteimages from previous RPOF commercials of a radical-looking Eskamani, plus some stock footage of some generic rioting somewhere. New to this ad are images from last year’s protests against Publix Supermarkets, in which Eskamani participated.

The ad continues an ongoing campaign from Reeves and the Republican Party of Florida seeking to characterize Eskamani as a radical with a foul mouth.

Eskamani’s response Monday was to charge him and the campaign with “lies.”

“Stockton Reeves is a pathological liar. You can’t send more than 20 pieces of negative mail, air three dog-whistling attack ads, and then turn around and say that you’re ‘civil,’ she wrote in a written response. “Stockton’s entire campaign has been a juvenile rant devoid of substance, filled with lies, and fueled by fear. House District 47 deserves authentic and honest leadership, and after knocking on more than 35,000 doors as a campaign, we look forward to earning the love, trust, and support of voters this November 6th.”

HD 47 covers north and central ORange County, including downtown Orlando.

The images of Eskamani come with text declaring such things as “Anna Eskamani screams at opponents”, “Anna Eskamani cursing at opponents”, and “Anna Eskamani stages die-in at local Publix.” Meanwhile, Reeves speaks over it all with a calm voice and positive messages, except for the messages’ implications toward Eskamani.

“We are better than anger. We are better than hate. We are better than the politics of division,” Stockton narrates as the negative images flow past.

Then the images switch positive ones of the city skyline, and of Reeves with his daughter, landmarks around town, and people happily working.

“Let’s leave anger in the past,” he says. “And I’m ready to work together for a better Orlando and a better Florida. On Election Day, together, let’s rise above the rage.”

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]


  • Liz G

    October 29, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I am so sick of these negative attack ads. Why can’t the media…. TV stations, newspapers, etc just refuse to run ads that do not specifically address what a candidates platform is? I want to hear what a candidate stands for, what he/she intends to accomplish, not some running list of the faults of the opposition. How is one to make an informed decision if we’re not even hearing what the candidate’s position is on issues. Don’t tell me what the other guy did wrong, tell me what you intend to do right.

  • James

    November 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Liz, I am too. Stockton has no credentials to speak of so this is the best he can do. Don’t be distracted by his race-baiting, woman-hating ads. Would he have done the same attacks ads if he were running against a man? No. He’s trying to paint a picture of her as a hysterical woman.

    Finally, Stockton has no significant career to speak of. He works for his father, an architect, and enjoys the title of marketing exec because he isn’t even qualified to design like his dad or brother. In other words, his daddy pays his way. Beware of below average men who seek out politics because they have no consequential business experience. Typically, like the case is here, they feel threatened by their opponents accomplishments in the business world and in education.

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