The AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) has dropped $800,000 to run this anti-Mitt Romney in the Florida GOP primary.
AFSCME spent a total of $1.4 million dollars in Florida during the entire 2010 election cycle. (98% of the AFSCME contributions go to Democrats). We are very early in the election cycle for the union to already be spending that much cash.
By likening Mitt Romney to Governor Rick Scott, the union hopes to capitalize on the low popularity of the governor. A Quinnipiac poll shows his approval rating among Floridians at 38%. The AFSCME ad kills two birds with one stone: 1. Like the DNC, the AFSCME sees Mitt Romney as the most likely candidate to win the GOP nomination, so weakening him is a good strategic move. 2. Given the changes Rick Scott facilitated in public employee benefits, AFSCME relishes the opportunity to attack the governor.
This is a harbinger of the intensity of Big Labor’s Florida campaign effort as we move toward the presidential election. While Florida is a right to work state, that will not keep the public sector unions from trying to influence the vote by pouring millions of dollars into our state. They will hire canvassers, buy ads and bus people in from other states to win the swing state of Florida for Obama.
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