The State Representative’s congressional campaign has made a slew of false statements about his own record.
By Jacob Engels
It’s a long running policy of Florida Governor Rick Scott to not get involved in Republican primaries, especially during years that he is on the ballot.
But that has not stopped State Representative Mike Miller from claiming the Governor’s endorsement on direct mail pieces and video ads released through his congressional campaign in Florida’s 7th congressional district.
The campaign messaging pulls from speeches Governor Scott made in Central Florida in reference to Mike’s efforts in the Florida legislature, not statements made in support of Miller’s congressional platform or campaign.
Each election we see efforts like this by longtime politicians who seek to contort previous statements made about them to trick voters into thinking those statements are referencing their current campaigns.
In Scott’s defense, he is very kind to elected officials during his local visits… even sometimes Democrats who have supported his efforts during his two-terms as Governor. It says something when candidates have to use years old statements about their political background to con voters into thinking they are full-throated endorsements.
A spokeswoman for Rick Scott’s campaign declined a request to comment about whether or not Scott has picked a candidate in Florida’s 7th district. Since announcing his campaign for the US Senate, the two-term Governor has avoided getting involved in Republican primaries.
Miller’s campaign also claims that he is 100% pro-life, despite the fact that he was one of a handful of Republicans to vote against Rick Scott’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood, making a theoretical endorsement of Miller by Scott even more far-fetched.
And while he wants voters to believe that he has always been solidly on the Trump Train, Mr. Miller once described our President as a “con-artist” in action. The Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, with whom I rarely agree with, penned a column the other day addressing Miller’s Tallahassee two-stepping.
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In it, he exposed Representative Miller for hitting his opponent for making statements that some have interpreted as being supportive of expanding Medicaid and supporting Obamacare, despite the fact that Miller himself gave an even more radical embrace of expansion during the same time period.
At the end of the day, Miller’s campaign went negative on his primary foe Scott Sturgill first and his now butthurt that he is being held to account in-kind. Politics is a contact sport that often gets nastier than it needs to be, but unlike Scott Maxwell who views that as a bad thing, I think it separates the men from the boys so-to-speak.
Sanford businessman Scott Sturgill and Representative Mike Miller will face off in the GOP primary on August 28th, where the winner will advance to face first term Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.