Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Politics

Florida GOP ad touts Scott on car insurance reform

The Republican Party of Florida is airing a new TV ad that praises Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature for reforming the no-fault car insurance system.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford stars alongside Scott in the 30-second video. Rutherford, who serves as legislative chair for the Florida Sheriffs Association, was also featured in an advertisements earlier this year sponsored by a group pushing legislators to support personal injury protection reforms.

The latest ad shows Scott taking a victory lap of sorts, driving an SUV as he talks about how PIP reforms he signed into law earlier this month will save Florida taxpayers money. (Yes, he's wearing a seatbelt.) At the end of the ad, Scott and Rutherford make a joke that alludes to the staged accidents that have plagued the PIP system in recent years.

A GOP spokeswoman wouldn't say how much the party is spending, though she added it is a "substantial buy" in media markets across Florida. She said the goal was to help Scott spread the word about his work on PIP reform, a main priority of his during the 2012 legislative session.

Tea thermometer

How 'tea party' are Florida's freshmen members of Congress?

That's the question the Club For Growth asks in a voting survey that "evaluates lawmakers based upon their commitment to limited government and pro-growth policies."

Most in line: Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland. Lowest score: Rep. David Rivera of Miami.

The website, clubforgrowth.org. outlines votes used to evaluate the lawmakers.

Attack dog site

Republican Ozzie deFaria, running to take on U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has launched a website featuring a photoshopped image of the DNC chairwoman sporting a dog collar. "Nancy Pelosi's East Coast Twin and Obama's biggest Attack Dog," says the site, which also highlights one of Allen West's memorable descriptions of DWS: "The most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the United States Congress." The website is obamaattackdog.com.

Times staff writer Alex Leary contributed to this report.

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