Senate Democrats peg government shutdown on Rick Scott in ad buy

The Senator has made statements in support of Freedom Caucus positions in the House.

As a government shutdown looms, Senate Democrats plan to blast U.S. Sen. Rick Scott with a five-figure ad buy.

Digital ads will appear on Google search advertisements putting the burden of failed negotiations on the Naples Republican’s shoulders.

“Scott’s government shutdown would be devastating: raising costs on hardworking families and small businesses while threatening vital programs like Social Security,” said Maeve Coylse, a spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

“Instead of doing his job and keeping America’s government open, Scott has once again put his petty politics over the best interests of Floridians — and he’s given Florida voters another reason to fire him in 2024.”

The ads will use quotes from Scott to media outlets amid the ongoing budget negotiations in the House. Scott has repeatedly voiced support for Republican hard-liners in the House demanding spending cuts as President Joe Biden’s White House seeks funds for efforts like aid to Ukraine.

“Thank God for the Freedom Caucus and all they are doing to ensure Washington does its job and reins in Democrats’ reckless spending,” Scott tweeted earlier this month. “Since 2019, the population is up 1.8%, but budgets have grown by 55%. It makes no sense, drives inflation & must be stopped.”

He also appeared with House members the same day as the tweet in support of their stance.

“I thank God for what the Freedom Caucus is doing in the House. If they don’t stand up, nobody’s standing up,” he said, as reported by The American Independent. “They stood up on the debt ceiling, and they fought for a great bill. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up that way, but they fought for a great bill. We’ve got to stop this insanity.”

But the tough stance at this point has the federal government barreling toward a shutdown. The DSCC announced its anti-Scott campaigns the same day the White House started informing federal employees that a shutdown will take place because Congress likely won’t meet a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government.

The ads from Senate Democrats will single out such quotes and peg the current showdown as a consequence of Scott’s rhetoric. Voters who click the links will be directed to news coverage of Scott’s statements.

DSCC officials said the ads will target older voters in Florida, who could feel the impacts of a shutdown through programs like Social Security.

Of note, Scott stood alongside U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, and has aligned himself with U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, a Naples Republican. Both of those Representatives, while members of the Freedom Caucus, have worked on a continuing resolution that would temporarily fund the government for 30 days and avoid a shutdown. It’s unclear such a deal could pass in the Senate.

But the House has not been able to pass that measure, and has seen two votes fail on defense budgets this week.

Scott faces re-election in 2024, six years after he won his seat by just over 10,000 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Rick Whitaker

    September 22, 2023 at 11:58 am

    scott should not have ever been elected senator. he’s petty and deceptive. the add buy is money well spent. i also saw the add as directed toward the elderly of florida. people like scott prey on the elderly and other groups that can be persuaded to effectively vote against their own interest. chinese religious cults also do the same. shame on rick scott. what a bastard. iv’e always thought that of him since i first heard him campaign. why do floridians put up with him. now he is disrupting the national interest. shame on you florida voters

    • Richard Russell

      September 22, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      Ricky, bla bla bla, you are so transparently Marxist Socialist in all you support. Go to China and spend some time there and see how you like it. Hell you don’t have to go that far – try Cuba, if they will let you in. Scott is marginally RINO, so I may agree on some of the issues you have with him, but the budget as being promoted by the Dems is a gift for Biden and his Greenies and other benefactors!

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 22, 2023 at 9:26 pm

        i’m a vietnam veteran that fought for my country even though i thought it was a bad war. i take the good with the bad. i believe in democracy. why do you insult me and call me names because i’m a progressive dem.. i guess it’s the same reason i call out maga maggots for worshipping a new york con man, because i care, or woke, as you trump worshippers call it. anyway i can tell you are a garden variety hater, so i don’t expect you to understand the things or people you love to hate. hate all you want . it’s your democratic right to hate as much as you want. i don’t hate you, i just think you are misguided and possibly ignorant. you’re obviously intimidated by erudition .

        • Silly Wabbit

          September 24, 2023 at 3:29 pm

          Wussell kwazy.

        • Silly Wabbit

          September 24, 2023 at 3:30 pm

          Wick good.

      • TJC

        September 24, 2023 at 3:37 pm

        You could not give a textbook definition of Marxism or Socialism if your dog’s life depended on it. To claim you see a “Marxist Socialist” in the words of Rick Whitaker (above or on any day’s comments) shows you obviously throw the words Marxist and Socialist around without knowing their meaning — which is exactly what your handlers want you to do. If Trump put you in the line to drink the kool-aid, you’d yell, “Make mine a double!”

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      • Rick Whitaker

        September 22, 2023 at 9:28 pm

        what are you selling?

  • Earl Pitts American

    September 22, 2023 at 1:09 pm

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  • Richard Russell

    September 22, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    The Republicans should embrace a shutdown, if the Congress will not allow the 11 individual bills for cutting the budget to be presented to the full House. The feckless RINOs are worse than the worst the Democrats. Every RINO who torpedos that process should be run out of Congress at the first opportunity! A shutdown does not stop the government and essential departments from functioning. It will only inconvenience many of the wasteful departments and hold up pay for those marginal government employees, who should find other employment, if they were worth their salt.

    • TJC

      September 24, 2023 at 3:25 pm

      Your ignorance of what a shutdown would entail is as enormous as your ego-inflated vacuous head, Mr. Russell.

  • PeterH

    September 22, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    The fact remains….. the 2024 Republican Clown Show is just in their rehearsal stage. Make sure you have plenty of popcorn on hand! Eventually the Republican FREEDUMB Caucus will burn the House down and Matt Gaetz will run for Florida Governor in 2026 and Floridians are just stupid enough to vote him in!

  • My Take

    September 23, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Do you get the impression or at least suspect that some posting is by pàid shills or vol aunteer shills with some organizatìonal connection and source of spin?
    Or maybe the prevailing Fox/Newsmax signal just makes it seme that way.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 24, 2023 at 3:34 am

    As the head of Columbia/HCA and winning the Broward County School System was a sick feather in his cap! Scott stopped any and all medical care! Even patients on chemo were STOPPED! Scott is Only about the”money.”
    Go to Hell Rick Scott!

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