Continuing to hammer away at the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature’s public-school cuts, the Florida Democratic Party today launched a new ad slamming Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon for voting to cut money for public schools and make it easier for charter school operators to take over poorly rated schools.
Much like all the advertising done so far for Democrat Karen Castor Dentel, Plakon’s opponent in House District 30, the new 30-second spot opens by mentioning the fact that she is a public-school teacher. But it quickly pivots to Plakon, R-Longwood, attacking him for voting for a 2011 budget that cut nearly $1.4 billion from public schools and for the so-called “parent trigger” bill in 2012 that would have let a majority of parents at a failing school compel it to become a charter school.
“Scott Plakon,” a female narrator says, “sold our kids out.”
Though the party wouldn’t say how much air time it has bought, a spokesman described it as “a very aggressive cable buy.” The Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce have been advertising for Plakon for weeks, both on broadcast and cable.