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What is this? Charlie Crist's 2014 playbook?

Taryn Fenske - July 11, 2018

Bill Nelson is attacking Governor Rick Scott for his blind trust again, but is he calling for his fellow democratic friends Jeff Greene, Chris King, and Philip Levine to stay away from blind trusts? Nope.

Some other things Nelson keeps conveniently forgetting to mention as part of this tired attack:

  • The Florida Legislature unanimously passed a bill that allowed state elected officials to establish a blind trust in order to prevent conflicts of interest.
  • Recently elected democrat New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy uses a blind trust, which is apparently consistent with “transparency, ethics, and integrity.”
  • Democrats Alex Sink, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also used at least one blind trust while in office.
  • BONUS: Bill Nelson has taken $4.4 million in taxpayer dollars and given himself 12 pay raises during his nearly half century as a career politician.

Bill Nelson should have taken notes from Charlie Crist’s failed 2014 campaign… instead he’s recycling all his old material and beating a dead horse. It’s also possible Nelson could be confused again, because the definition of a blind trust is pretty easy to comprehend. A blind trust is managed by an independent third party to shield investments from direct control and to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. As such, the Governor has no control of what is bought or sold in the blind trust.

There’s really no simpler way to say it Bill: When Governor Scott was elected, he chose to put his assets into a blind trust, just as previously elected officials. This is just another attack from Nelson to take away from actually discussing real issues Floridians care about.

“Nelson is just beating a dead horse to take away from the fact that he’s taken $4.4 million in taxpayer dollars and given himself 12 pay raises during his nearly half century as a career politician. Grandstanding and taking notes from Charlie’s failed campaign won’t help him in November.” – RNC Spokesperson Taryn Fenske

 


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