Rick Scott ad to tout his disaster funding win during Washington budget fight
Rick Scott. Image via 'Hostage' campaign ad.

Scott Hostage
The ad will broadcast in Gulf Coast markets.

During a high-profile budget fight in Washington, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott made headlines demanding disaster funding. Now he’s touting that effort in a new ad reaching several Gulf Coast markets.

The Naples Republican in a broadcast ad speaks directly to the camera, wearing his signature Navy ball cap donned through hurricanes during his time as Governor.

“The politicians who run Washington are destroying our country,” the Senator says. “When I asked the Senate to provide funding for Florida hurricane victims, the Democrats refused. They said they’ll only help Americans if we agree to send billions to Ukraine.”

Scott faces re-election next year, and his campaign announced a five-figure buy to broadcast the “Hostage” ad in Tampa, Fort Myers, Tallahassee and Gainesville markets. It will play during Sunday Night Football.

The script references a showdown in Washington that nearly caused a federal shutdown. The Democrat-controlled Senate in September passed a continuing resolution that met a request by President Joe Biden that included foreign aid to Ukraine ties together with replenishing the federal Disaster Relief Fund.

Scott voted against that measure, and offered a vote that separated disaster funding and offered an additional $4 billion for relief after Hurricane Idalia in Florida and fires in Hawaii.

Of note, Congress ultimately passed a budget deal without Ukraine funding and with the disaster funding Scott desired, gaining his vote.

“I’m in the Senate to represent the great state of Florida and that’s why I aggressively fought back when Washington politicians tried to hold Floridians hostage in exchange for funding foreign wars,” Scott said.

“While much more work still needs to be done on the budget process in Washington so we can finally deal with our $33 trillion in debt that has caused this rampant inflation, I am glad we were able to secure this critical funding for Florida. My new ad is a reminder to those in Washington that I won’t let them ever get away with playing politics with hurricane victims.”

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].


  • Sonja Fitch

    October 5, 2023 at 4:12 am

    Omg as a liberal Democrat., I am begging you to be true conservative Republicans! Scott is just another greedy sleazy MAGA leader!!! Vote common good!

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 5, 2023 at 4:14 am

    Please as a liberal Democrat, we in America NEED true conservative Republicans! Scott and Desantis are just MAGA losers. Rubio might as well be MAGA! Vote common good!

    • Ocean Joe

      October 5, 2023 at 6:10 am

      Marco is sleeping until the next election cycle, so please dont disturb him.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 8:10 am

      as a progressive dem, we don’t need any gop to hold us back from improving our country. we need them to step aside while we clean up their mess. the liberal word you used is a gop buzz word meant in a critical definition. i prefer progressive because it’s not a gop term and is more descriptive of our goals, progress. i took you for a gop when you said “true conservative republicans” the gop claims to be conservative even when they give the corporations huge tax breaks. i’m a very conservative person that is very progressive. i ran my company for 30 years without spending one penny on interest. i paid cash for every vehicle, equipment, property, and so on. i earned money and sacrificed until i had the money i needed. i worked 7 days a week for years. i do realize most people don’t do it that way but i did. i did’nt get one penney from my family either. so bottom line, conservative is a subjective word. i despise the gop philosophy. it’s all about greed not need. they lie a LOT.

  • Beth

    October 5, 2023 at 5:35 am

    Did the creep ever pay back the money he stole from Medicare?

  • PeterH

    October 5, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    House …. and now the Senate in panic incompetence!
    That Navy cap is hiding the tin foil!

    Republicans are America’s biggest enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • FL Home of the DeSantards

    October 9, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    He still wearing that dumbass hat?

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