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Republicans launch tea-heavy web site for Scott



teaparty_facebook_b.jpgUPDATE: The site was taken down Tuesday. Here's the story.

With three years, seven months and 20 days until his would-be re-election, Gov. Rick Scott today unveiled a re-tooled campaign web site that prominently features his ties to the conservative tea party movement.

The site, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, asks residents to rally in support of Scott's budget proposal, which many Republicans in the Legislature oppose.

It also features a new video, a five-question survey and at least five mentions of the tea party, including one in his bio and three social media avatars on a page on the site devoted to the tea party. (Scott's team has identified Facebook and Twitter as crucial in their effort to push Scott's agenda through the Republican veto-proof majorities.)

Not including the disclosure that the RPOF paid for the site, we counted three mentions of "Republicans."

 One is a blurb from Senate Republican Leader Andy Gardiner saying "Senate Republicans" join Scott in his call for less regulation. The other two are press releases on the news page: one refers to Scott as a "newly elected Republican" (sic) and another highlights Scotts speech to Treasure Coast Republicans at a recent Lincoln Day Dinner in Martin County.

Look at how similar the design of Scott's site is to Tim Pawlenty's here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:36am]


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