Debbie Mucarsel-Powell dispatches mobile billboard attacking Rick Scott in Naples

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The rolling campaign message calls a new law 'Rick Scott’s Abortion Ban.'

Mobile billboards will begin rolling around Naples criticizing U.S. Sen. Rick Scott for his stance on abortion rights.

The messaging comes courtesy of Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who wants the issue on voters’ minds as Florida implements a ban on most abortions in Florida as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

“Rick Scott knows he will have to answer for his proud support of a near-total ban on abortion that will put countless women’s lives at risk this November,” Mucarsel-Powell said in a statement. “That’s why he’s desperately trying to con his way out of his toxic record on this issue.”

“But Rick Scott can’t run from his radical agenda to sign away women’s reproductive rights and control their bodies. Florida voters know exactly what Scott stands for, and they are ready to hold him accountable this November.”

The broad side of the billboard truck shows a somber black-and-white photo of the Senator, with bold type declaring, “Rick Scott’s Abortion Ban Starts May 1.” It also features a quote from a Spectrum News interview in which Scott said, “I’ve always said I would sign it.”

The back signage on the mobile billboard shows the same image and calls Scott “anti-choice” and “anti-freedom.”

All sides say, “Vote Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,” putting the Democrat’s brand on messaging as she runs in a Democratic Primary while keeping her campaign focused squarely on Scott’s record.

Of course, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the six-week ban, passed in 2023 by lawmakers after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and as DeSantis mounted a since-suspended bid for President. A Florida Supreme Court comprised of DeSantis appointees upheld the new law earlier this month. The law goes into effect on May 1.

But the law has prompted questions of Scott as he seeks re-election to the U.S. Senate. In the Spectrum News interview, he noted he had signed “every abortion, pro-life bill” that the Florida Legislature sent him during eight years as Florida’s Governor.

Scott has since tried to soften his stance, though he still opposes a constitutional amendment striking down the abortion ban.

Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign plans to have the billboards hit several key locations in Southwest Florida today. That includes the headquarters of television stations WBBH, WINK, and WFTX. They will also circulate through downtown Naples from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In downtown Fort Myers, the billboards can be seen from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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].


  • Naples is Red

    April 29, 2024 at 5:32 am

    She and the rest of the Demos have nothing else to run on. She will get rolled. Watch.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 29, 2024 at 5:47 am

      OK, Trumper.

      • Naples is Red

        April 29, 2024 at 6:25 am

        Nope, a Republican. Should I label you as a “Slo Joe Zombie”?

        • Ocean Joe

          April 29, 2024 at 9:58 am

          Sure. My main issue is the environment. Your man claims it’s a hoax. The party apparatus follows him like a scared puppy.
          Fixing or at least ameliorating what is coming is not going to be cheap. It will be a burden on all of us to share. But sharing the burden with higher gas prices or taxes for government action conflicts with your living in the moment, kicking the can down the road, making it someone else’s problem. Maybe one of the unborn you strive to protect.
          You guys hate the Green or clean energy efforts. The reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels, etc. The things we have known we need to do for decades. You hide behind denialist propagandists to deny a decent world for our children and theirs. Largely because selfishness has become your party’s hallmark.
          It was 140 degrees in India yesterday.

          My support of Joe Biden is forced upon me by the alternative, a caricature of all mankind’s worst qualities with a surprising sense of humor which is the real reason the bumpkins love him.

          • Naples is Red

            April 29, 2024 at 10:10 am

            Ocean, I believe in a woman’s right to choose, yet you call me a Trumper. With regards to Green and Clean, do you ride a bike to work and pass on air travel? I will never forget a panel of “Green People” testifying in front of Congress. One of the Congresman went right down the line and asked, “how did you get here today?” You know the answer and it was clever and in many cases exposed the hypocrisy of those testifying.

          • rick whitaker

            April 29, 2024 at 11:17 am

            NAPLES IS RED, boy ocean joe sure made you look small and petty. you should take note, and listen to him. he’s right, your post is that of a bumpkin.

        • rick whitaker

          April 29, 2024 at 10:57 am

          NAPLES IS RED, nope, a trumper. you can’t get that stain off you that easy.

    • Hung Wiil

      April 29, 2024 at 10:28 am

      This stupid chick has done the impossible . . . made Rick Scott look good.

      • rick whitaker

        April 29, 2024 at 10:55 am

        HUNG, how sexist of you. BTW, no one can make scott look good.

  • Fran Price

    April 29, 2024 at 6:57 am

    Of all the problems we have in the state and the nation, Democrats prioritize drumming up the emotion of uninformed, naive and/or selfish women to screech about eliminating innocent souls.
    Truly demonic.

    • Naples is Red

      April 29, 2024 at 7:49 am

      That’s all they have. They hide behind the economy, Southern Border, foreign policy, and crime.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 29, 2024 at 10:07 am

      I expect a bunch of Republicans will be elected in November but that amendment will pass.
      You can screech about abortion, you should preach that it is murder, but we should not legislate the ability of a woman to make that decision about her own body.

      • Hung Wiil

        April 29, 2024 at 10:31 am

        Wow, OJ. You must have been up all night constructing your brilliant argumentation. I’m voting for it now, all because of you. You’re a genius.

        • rick whitaker

          April 29, 2024 at 10:48 am

          HUNG, i’m glad oj straightened you out, you needed it badly.

    • rick whitaker

      April 29, 2024 at 10:53 am

      FRAN, Of all the problems we have in the state and the nation, Republicans prioritize drumming up the emotion of uninformed, naïve and/or selfish maga cultist’ to screech about eliminating innocent souls.
      Truly idiotic

  • College is a Ripoff

    April 29, 2024 at 8:21 am

    Message to Mucarsel-Powell and Slo Joe. Not only am I against the transfer of student loans to the taxpayer, many of whom already paid for their education, I am also against any forgiveness to students that are actively protesting. These colleges are completely out of control with their progressive staff and administrators. Drain the endowment funds not the taxpayers bank accounts.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 29, 2024 at 10:09 am

      Let’s start with New College…or what’s left of it.

    • rick whitaker

      April 29, 2024 at 11:00 am

      COLLEGE IS A RIPOFF, you seem to be looking at a very thin slice of the big picture, good luck with that.

  • Not Payin Joe

    April 29, 2024 at 9:05 am

    I am not paying for these punk college kids to disrupt college campuses and threaten other students. Yet Joe wants to forgive / transfer billions of dollars to people who have paid for their education.

    • rick whitaker

      April 29, 2024 at 11:01 am

      NOT PAYIN JOE, you seem to be looking at a very thin slice of the big picture, good luck with that.

    • rick whitaker

      April 29, 2024 at 11:34 am

      NOT PAYIN JOE, so you are calling my grandkids ” punk college kids”, how dare you. i don’t like maga cultist either, so we are both haters. at least i am. i hate how the right-wing is destroying my country. how could i not hate that?

      • Rick Will Pay

        April 29, 2024 at 12:56 pm

        If your grand kids are out there protesting with the rest of those knuckleheads then put their college tuition on you. You’re good for it right? Just raise the rents on your tenants.

        • rick whitaker

          April 29, 2024 at 1:32 pm

          RICK WILL PAY, my kids and grand kids either have paid or are paying their loans off. i either paid cash or used my GI bill for my school cost. my whole family is sympathetic to the same cause that the protesters are. i thought maga cultist’ like you believed in the 1st amendment. i guess, not so much huh? that is why guys like you are laughed at. no one really has any respect for hypocrisy. peachy, you are a mess.

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