Tallahassee, FL - "From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much!"
You might think of Rick Scott as the *atypical* politician. He's never run for office before, and he doesn't much care for the trappings of power.
At least not if you believe his new ad taking aim at his Democratic opponent, Alex Sink.
"She billed the taxpayers for over 400 thousand dollars of private plane use..."
Not just any private plane, but these two aircraft, fully funded by you, the taxpayer. During her first two years as state CFO, Sink was a frequent flier. As recently as a year-and-a-half ago, the state airplane hangar was buzzing with politicians, jetting off to Tampa, Orlando, Miami and beyond.
But now, it's become a virtual ghost town, a symbol of what many argue is government waste, not to mention a hot-button campaign issue.
Scott is now promising to put the state planes on the auction block if he's elected governor.
Scott says, "Are we doing things in state government that we don't need to be doing?"
Still, attacking Sink over the state plane is an easy one Scott because he has access to *his own* private plane. State leaders have to be able to get around quickly, and until now most have come from humble means.
Sink is hoping voters can understand the difference. Sink says, "As they've already been telling me, they have serious questions about Rick Scott, about his honesty, his integrity, where he came from."
But, in the end, many voters may not care... seeing the state planes and the leaders who once used them on the taxpayer's dime.