Florida Governor Rick Scott announces US Senate run, says 'Washington's a disaster'
12 Апреля, 2018, 00:30 | Author: John Swanson
Scott is leaving office because of term limits and has been urged to challenge Nelson by President Trump.
Scott, first elected governor in 2010, kicked off his campaign Monday during a morning event in Orlando.
"I'm a heavy Trump supporter", said Francis Werner, who also quickly voiced support for Scott.
Scott said it was time to "take this same mission to D.C.", calling the nation's capital "dysfunctional". "It's dysfunctional. There is a lot of old, exhausted thinking up there", Scott said.
Scott, who oversaw one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history as CEO of a hospital chain, is a multimillionaire who has self-funded his past campaigns. The National Republican Senatorial Committee launched a digital ad Monday that goes after Democrats such as Nelson who voted against the tax bill approved by Congress late a year ago.
Scott's challenge is bad news for Democrats, who are defending nine other Senate seats in states that Trump won in 2016.
Republicans responded with a website, nomorenelson.org, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, casting Nelson as a do-nothing career politician. The Nelson-Scott race will be expensive - and nasty. Nelson is an establishment candidate, which Scott clearly hopes to emphasize.
Rick Scott speaks after the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Ketha Otis, a Vocational Rehabilitation Technician and president of AFSCME Local 2862, said that she and her fellow state employees are not going to let the two-term governor "falsely portray his slash and burn record". "That's not what I call jobs", said Lyte-Johnson, the president of the Democratic Women's Club of West Orange County. "And, this is a "grudge match" election; so I think it's going to be very negative, very loud".
As the person Scott is challenging in the election has been a member of the Senate since the closing days of the Clinton Administration, a campaign centered around changing the Beltway is likely to catch the attention of many voters otherwise jaded by politics.
"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow -regardless of my opponent", Nelson said Monday.
The race will take place fresh off the tragic shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and staff dead and kick-started a national student movement that's captured the attention of lawmakers from coast to coast.
"In the Senate Rick Scott would do what he's always done: look out for himself at Floridians' expense", Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein said Monday. Scott can put his own money into the campaign, but those close to him say he will rely most heavily on funding from donors.
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