FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christina Amestoy, VDP Communications Director
The Negative Campaign Behind Phil Scott
24 hours after Scott decries negative campaigning, national Republican allies launch fourth attack ad
October 27, 2016
Burlington, VT Just one day after decrying negative campaigning, Phil Scott is benefiting yet again from another attack ad backed by his national Republican allies.
"I’ve never run a negative ad in my life. This is my ninth election. I’ve never done it and I never will.” Watch Phil Scott disavow attack ads and rail against negative campaigning in Tuesday’s WPTZ debate against Sue Minter.
But now, less than 24 hours after Scott’s own comments, his Koch brother-backed DC buddies are at it again with their fourth negative ad of the general election.
“Not two days ago, Phil Scott was crying crocodile tears about negative campaigning during a debate with Sue Minter,” said Christina Amestoy, VDP spokesperson, “But it’s hard to take Scott’s words seriously when they’re followed up by the fourth attack ad from his national Republican allies the very next day. Phil Scott is trying to convince voters that he is taking the high road, but the truth is, no gubernatorial candidate in Vermont history has benefited more from negative outside attacks.”
Throughout the campaign, Scott has repeatedly railed against negative campaigning, and even attacked Planned Parenthood for raising issue with his record on women’s health.
But, while on the trail, voters have seen his campaign promote the same insulting language as Donald Trump, air his own ad that falsely attacks Sue Minter’s plan for Vermont, and have been bombarded by nearly $1 million worth of outside attacks on his behalf -- more than any other gubernatorial candidate in state history.
“Phil Scott’s promises of ‘high road values’ are ringing more hollow every day,” said Amestoy. “Between the mud slinging by his national Republican allies and his own false attacks against Sue Minter, voters can see through the facade Phil Scott is desperately trying to keep intact.”
What Phil Scott promises voters:
Phil Scott decries negative ads: "I’ve never run a negative ad in my life," he said. "This is my ninth election. I’ve never done it and I never will."
What Vermont voters see everyday:
Negative tv ads, radio spots, mail, and online ads:
The Republican Governors Association has spent nearly $1 million in negative ads and mailers attacking Sue Minter over just the last 33 days alone. [Vermont Secretary of State, 2016 Mass Media Filings]
Phil Scott for Vermont campaign ad “I know we can trust Phil Scott on the issues that mean the most to Vermonters. I don’t feel the same way about Sue Minter. With all the taxes she plans to raise, we won’t be able to afford to live here.”
Phil Scott for Vermont social media posts calling Sue Minter “mean and nasty”
Scott campaign attacking Sue Minter’s record in the press: “That Bartley and the GOP apparatus would question Minter's credentials isn't shocking. That's what political parties do. But what is surprising is that Scott would pile on. According to his campaign coordinator, Brittney Wilson, Minter "has been given a total pass for exaggerating her résumé." [Seven Days, 10/19/16]
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