Gov. Scott running for US Senate

Michele Moreno
April 10, 2018

She was a joy to work with and cared tremendously about her family, her career and the Floridians she served.

However, both his gubernatorial victories came in years that strongly favored Republicans.

"I'd be surprised if it wasn't", said Terry Sullivan, a Republican political strategist who managed Marco Rubio's presidential campaign in 2016 and subsequently worked on his Senate race that year.

"You know, I didn't fit into Tallahassee because I didn't play the insider games", Scott said. I'm not going to fit into Washington either. We don't need another politician in Washington.

Scott's entry poses a formidable challenge to Nelson, who has not had a serious challenge since winning his first term in 2000. He says term limits are in place in Florida and elsewhere, including for the president, and he says they should be in place on members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Scott will make a "big" announcement on his political future on Monday in Orlando.

President Trump has long pushed for Scott to challenge Nelson for the Senate seat.

Janson Manso is also a supporter of President Trump and would like to see Scott in the Senate to support him. "I don't consider myself any type of anything", he told Politico on Sunday when asked if he considered himself a "Donald Trump Republican".

"I run on what I believe in".

"It takes time to work up through the seniority system, so I would think that that's particularly important to Florida", he added.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee head Mindy Myers branded him a "self-serving and dishonest" governor who oversaw poor job growth and has deflected responsibility in times of crisis, including a February mass shooting in which 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland.

If you're looking for one Senate race that will most closely mirror the national mood on President Trump this November, the race in Florida might be it. Nelson released a statement Monday morning promising a tough battle.

"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow - regardless of my opponent". During his speech Scott called for term limits in Congress and railed against "career politicians" that he said have made Washington a "disaster".

A campaign source said Nelson raised $100,000 in grassroots money after Scott announced.

He resigned in 1997 while the company faced federal fraud charges over Medicare billing practices.

Democrats also plan to fault Scott over his record while governor, including his initial push for deep budget cuts to education and his back-and-forth position on whether to expand Medicaid.

Other reports by Insurance News

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