In his first TV ad of the campaign, state Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, assumed the persona of a math teacher. First, he was shown working feverishly at his desk. Then, after writing a series of numbers on a white board, he turned to the camera and said, “When government does the math, it never adds up.”
A moment later, he declared: “It’s time to make the numbers work for us.”
The portrayal is real. Hager, who represents District 89 in the Florida House, used to be a middle school math teacher. And he prides himself on balancing budgets and supporting cutbacks in state spending that have slashed potential deficits while still delivering constituent services.