Charlie Crist to pull ads from Ian-impacted markets

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The Democrat goes dark in Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando and Jacksonville markets.

As Hurricane Ian bears down on the state, one gubernatorial campaign is nearly going dark on television.

Democrat Charlie Crist announced plans Monday to pull ads from markets likely to be impacted by the storm, a move that will impact much of the state.

“With Hurricane Ian poised to cause significant damage to the Gulf Coast of Florida and Tampa Bay, the Crist Campaign has decided to suspend running political ads in Tampa, Fort Myers, Orlando, and Jacksonville media markets,” asserted communications director Samantha Ramirez.

South Florida will continue to see the spots, however, as Hurricane Ian appears likely to miss it.

“Given the storm’s trajectory on the west coast, our advertisements will continue in Miami and West Palm Beach areas,” Ramirez noted.

Crist has one ad running statewide currently. The 30-second “Fed Up” has had more than 50 million impressions running statewide.

Two versions of the spot are running with identical content, but one airing is paid for by the Crist campaign directly and the other is part of a Florida Democratic Party 3 pack buy with Reps. Anna V. Eskamani and Carlos G. Smith. The Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne market has seen the most broadcast television spend on both versions of the ad.

The ad takes DeSantis to task for culture war posturing amid a larger affordability crisis, with Crist accusing the Governor of “bullying school children” and for “passing an abortion ban with no exception for rape or incest.”

The Florida Democratic Party has suspended its buys in these Ian-affected markets along with the Crist campaign.

Less clear as of Monday evening: Whether or when the Ron DeSantis campaign and the Republican Party of Florida might pause its own ad buys in storm-impacted markets.

We have reached out to the DeSantis campaign for reaction and comment, and will add when we have it.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • David in Shoreline

    September 26, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    I mean Charlie can say it’s because of Ian, but most people realize it’s because his campaign is broke and languishing.

    • JoJo

      September 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

      No, it’s not. It’s because he’s a guy with class and character, unlike thug DeStalin who thinks that a raped 10 year old girl should be forced to have her rapist’s baby.

      • JoJo Is A NoGo

        September 27, 2022 at 12:57 pm

        Stalin killed 10 of millions, DeSantis hasn’t. Stop with the false comparisons.

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          September 29, 2022 at 12:57 pm

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  • Charlie Crist

    September 26, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    – Are you tired of divisive culture wars that stoke terrorism, hatred, and sedition?
    – Are you tired of DeSantis inviting everyone from New York and New Jersey here while housing prices climb to the heavens?
    – Are you tired of low wages while prices continue to rise because DeSantis and his friends like to cut taxes and shovel money to the rich?
    Vote for me…I’ll put an end to this road to hell.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 26, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      You are out of money Charlie. The people of Florida want DeSantis. You will be looking for a job come November. Turn out the lights, the party is over. Red Storm is coming. I think besides DeSantis getting re-elected, I’m really looking forward to Pelosi giving up the gavel and vanishing. Now if we can only get rid of sissy boy Schumer.

      • nadine voelz

        September 27, 2022 at 12:54 pm

        Nothing in Florida wants the current governor. You really mean communism is coming? That is what most beings mean when they say “red storm”. How can it be coming when the misleading party is already here? How can he give money away tooting his own horn saying it’s from him when it is actually coming from things all the gop voted NO on and the Democrats passed them? Infrastructure?
        Bonuses? Other things? He wants to govern (if you call it that when he’s hardly in the State) for 2 years, & then turn his war chest towards the White House to out 45 the last occupant. Maybe you don’t know this, but remember the gop had a special session on fixing the insurance industry? Is that why the State just lost ANOTHER insurance company yesterday as Hurricane Ian is hitting the State?

    • Tom

      September 26, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      No one has invited “those”people from the states here.

      They fled tyrannical blue state politburo politics. Along with Union and property tax gauging.

      Spare us you self righteous know nothing. Such a pollutant to society.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 26, 2022 at 10:52 pm

        👆Far right propaganda. Vote for me. I’ll smack this guy to the floor…

        • Tom

          September 26, 2022 at 11:04 pm

          Kiss my ass you commie China bot. Go kiss Soros & Xi’s ass Joey Charlie.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 27, 2022 at 8:46 am

            👆 Russian neo nazi bot…

          • Tom

            September 27, 2022 at 10:45 am

            Fascists Charlie Joey, Vicki midnight pool girl.

      • nadine voelz

        September 27, 2022 at 12:55 pm

        You first

    • Vicki Engel

      September 27, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Absolutely! Vote every MAGA sheep 🐑 OUT! #VoteBlue22 #DemocracyIsOnTheBallot⚖️🏛📜🗳🇺🇸

  • Tom

    September 26, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    He may see a blip of support, his commercials are losing voters high rate. So pathetic 90’s.

  • Pastor Sandell

    September 26, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Prayers for the people in the path of the storm. Even though God sent this horrible killing machine to devastate people… still pray for the people. Give thanks to God if one person is spared out of thousands killed or left homeless thanks to God. Make sense?😂

  • Hope

    September 27, 2022 at 7:31 am

    The race is over for Charlie as he has resigned himself to be the loser. He will reemerge in 2024 in the Presidential race along with Hitlary and Newsome…. if they haven’t been indicted.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 27, 2022 at 7:50 am

      There was Newsom yesterday in Austin I believe he was campaigning for another loser. Beto. Newsom, while getting his pedicure and manicure was trying to talk tough as he tries to position himself for a presidential run. This is another laugher. Thousands are leaving Kalifornia. Businesses are leaving as well. Kalifornia just lost a congressional seat. First time ever. Now campaign on that one sissy boy.

      • Vicki Engel

        September 27, 2022 at 9:12 am

        Million’s are leaving Florida, NOW! DeSantis is as corrupt as #BigLiar Trump! 🤥🤡🤠🤑GaslightingGQP.🗣 #Insurrectionists 🥷🦹‍♀️🧙‍♂️🧟#DemocracyNOTAutocracy #BetoForTexasGovenor✊✊🏾✊🏿#WomensRights🙋‍♀️🙋

        • Hope

          September 28, 2022 at 7:02 am

          The Democrats talking points are not working anymore. They can’t pull the race card anymore so they resort to name calling, calling conservatives extremists, expending their energies on hate rather than a platform, plan, and accomplishments. After not accomplishing anything they refuse to acknowledge the destruction they have caused and the refusal to rectify their damages to the whole country. Talk about the gang who couldn’t shoot straight, the band of misfits, criminals, corruption, etc ..
          It is only a matter of weeks before the red tsunami hits and a Republican sweep and the healing, corrections, accomplishments, and rectifying all the wrongs will begin.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 27, 2022 at 8:45 am

      Indicted? You mean Trump? You’ve gone full blown delusional psychotic…

    • Vicki Engel

      September 27, 2022 at 9:02 am

      🗣🤥🤡🥴Trump is the liar, refusing to concede the 2020 election he clearly lost by 7M votes! Being a narcissistic self serving bullying CON, his desperation show’s BIGLY at his MAGA 🐑 rallies! Gaslighting, conspiracy theories, misinformation & more #BigLies! 4 generation’s of #TrumpCrimeFamily, easily researched for those who can READ! 📚💵💸🕌🏦#BankruptcyKing🤴🏝🏦 🕵️🕵️‍♂️👩‍⚖️👨🏾‍⚖️🆘#StolenDocs📦📑🏰🧳

      • Hope

        September 27, 2022 at 9:15 am

        PolitiFact: False 🤥🤥🤥🤥🤥

        • Pastor Sandell

          September 27, 2022 at 10:38 am

          Trump many crimes. What in the hell is wrong with you? You pro crime sociopath?

      • Tom

        September 27, 2022 at 10:43 am

        Dem Dum Dems still haven’t conceded 2004, 2016 and 2020.
        Democracy is only under threat when Dem Dums lose.

        Vicki you must be a midnight pool girl too. Memo: Desantis and Rubio win big! Enjoy

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