Rick Scott to Georgians: Democrats are radicals out to change America
Screen shot from Let's Get to Work TV commercial "Change America."

Rick Scott TV commecial
Scott weighs in for Republicans in Georgia Senate elections.

Florida’s junior Republican Sen. Rick Scott is entering the Georgia Senate campaigns.

Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Political Action Committee is launching a TV commercial in the neighboring state in which he accuses Democrats of all the worst intentions.

“Georgia, don’t let these radicals change America,” Scott warns, and then walks off.

The ad will run statewide in Georgia for a week, starting Friday.

It’s not Scott’s first foray into the politics of another state. His PAC has launched similar pro-Republican ads in Iowa.

In part, he may be trying to expand his own political profile in advance of a possible 2024 run for President.

But now it’s also his job, or it will be in a few weeks.

On Tuesday Scott was elected chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a position that will put him in charge of Senate Republicans’ efforts to make sure conservatives are elected to the Senate. Officially he’ll take over in early January.

Though officially that job does not apply now, he’s already at work in Georgia, where two 2020 Senate elections have gone into overtime with January runoffs.

In one Georgia Senate race, Republican Sen. David Perdue faces Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. In the other, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, appointed to replace the retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson, faces Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in a Special Election.

Republicans need to win at least one Georgia seat to retain control of the Senate. If Ossoff and Warnock both win, the Senate would essentially be split 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris representing the deciding vote.

Scott’s commercial begins with video of Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a street crowd, declaring, “Now we take Georgia, then we change America.”

Dressed in his campaign uniform of a blue button-down shirt and Navy ball cap, Scott looks on with deep worry, then turns to the camera to address Georgians about what he says that means. “You heard him. They plan to take Georgia, so they can change America. Their change? Reduce funding for police, eliminate employer-based health insurance and pack the Supreme Court, chip away at our religious freedom and gun rights.”

With the exception of the gun rights, none of those positions are in the Democratic Party’s platform, and President-elect Joe Biden has denounced most of them. But Democrats on the left wing have advocated for them, and Scott makes them the stakes.

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]


10 comments

  • SCOTT STINKS!

    November 11, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Nothing unusual in scumbag Republican senators picking one of the scummiest among them as a committee chairman. Shouldabenafelon Scott should still be in prison for ripping off the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs of $3 billion dollars or more!

    I’d certainly rather be a “radical Democrat” than a “criminal Republican” – wouldn’t you?

    And, yes, Georgians! We radical Democrats ARE trying “to change America” – by ELIMINATING CORRUPT AND CRIMINAL REPUBLICANS like Trump and Scott from important positions in our government!

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 11, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    What a lousy Fing liar! Scott resign! Go join a Nazi like hate group! You would be a perfect Nazi creep!

  • S B ANTHONY

    November 11, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Tricky Dick, if by “change” you mean clean up the myriad piles of shit that trump and his sycophants (including you) are leaving behind, then, yeah, Democrats do want to change America. Right now it’s a “shithole” country and it will remain a “shithole” country until the infestation in the White House is fumigated.

  • Palmer Tom

    November 11, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Typical GOP effort to use red-baiting to change the agenda

  • Ocean Joe

    November 11, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    As usual, Rick gets no love from the comment section.

  • James Robert Miles

    November 11, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    And why should he. Scott is the perfect example of the “dumbing down of America” which is a large part of the GOP agenda! Scott is also a great example of your average stupid FloriDUH voter! Despite his fraud, he was elected twice as Governor and now he’s a Senator! FloriDAH voters once again reward stupid just like they did twice with Trump!

  • Kelly In Neptune

    November 11, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    This is a very hideous, disgusting man who became a multimillionaire by STEALING government health care funds.

    He’s also been kissing Trump’s ass for years. Its just absurd that Florida voters support politicians like this crook.

  • Daniel St John

    November 11, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Have you seen what republicans have done to America? They divided it, let a pandemic run wild in it, crashed the economy through incompetence and lies, killed 500,000 Americans by inauguration day, have racial unrest across the country and let an insane clown run roughshod over their party like a dictator. Yep, what a bad idea to let the democrats get into power to fix the republican messes, one more time. At least we elected a man of integrity, morals, ethics and honor, none of which have seen the GOP in decades.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 12, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Know someone in Georgia! Tell em. Scott is just like Perdue and Loeffler. Rich racist assholes. Goggle any group. Like churches and send them a letter ! Explain Scott is a loser!

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