‘Hiding from voters’? Bill Nelson’s slam against Fla Gov. Rick Scott during hurricane relief reeks of desperation

Senator Bill Nelson must be feeling desperate in his Senate campaign against Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

The Florida Democrat accused his opponent of “hiding from voters” in an email sent to political reporters by  Nelson’s campaign advisor Dan McLaughlin, according to FLA News Online.

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McLaughlin accused Scott of “concocting” a campaign “scheme” to avoid speaking to voters on issues plaguing his administration, calling the governor out – for prioritizing hurricane relief efforts over politics.

As far-fetched as it sounds, Scott’s focus on the state over which he still presides as governor in the wake of a category 4 hurricane which hit the Florida Panhandle, was a point of contention for Nelson.

Scott “is using the aftermath of this storm because he can’t campaign around the state without protesters; he can’t risk having to answer people’s questions directly; he can’t campaign across a state that’s plagued with red tide and green algae; he can’t campaign and answer questions on how he’s enriched himself in public office,” McLaughlin said.

Understandably, Scott has been pre-occupied, as he should be, with recovery efforts in his state which has seen a record-breaking Hurricane Michael leave death and destruction in its wake. The rising death toll, with at least 15 in Florida’s Bay County alone, coupled with a mountain of debris have been at the forefront of Scott’s agenda.

He toured Panama City with President Donald Trump on Monday as his wife, Ann Scott, is now campaigning on his behalf.

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“If Senator Nelson wants to use devastation in huge swaths of the Panhandle and the deaths of Floridians as an opportunity to score cheap political points, that’s his prerogative,” Scott campaign spokeswoman Kerri Wyland fired back at the Nelson campaign. “Governor Scott has more important things to do – like help the Panhandle rebuild and getting people back in their homes and jobs.”

Nelson, meanwhile, appears anything but confident with the cheap shots at Scott for doing his job.

The irony of calling Scott out as a “career politician” by Nelson, who was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives back in 1972, was apparently lost on the Democrat. Nelson also slammed Scott over the timing of an upcoming debate, throwing a tantrum because apparently the governor should have been better in charge of the weather.

Scott apparently accepted a CNN invitation for a debate just days before the November election, on October 25,

But Nelson’s last minute attacks seem to reveal a candidate who may be worried about his opponent’s lead, which some recent polls have indicated.

Democrats would do well to stop criticizing and pay attention to Florida voters who appear to approve of Scott’s handling of Hurricane Michael by 40 percentage points.


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