Florida Republican Governor Scott launches U.S. Senate run

From Reuters - April 9, 2018

(Reuters) - Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott on Monday kicked off his campaign for the U.S. Senate, challenging Democrat Bill Nelson in a race expected to be among the most competitive contests to decide which party controls Congress.

Scott announced his long-anticipated campaign in a video posted on social media and a campaign rally. He highlighted how he was elected as a political outsider and as governor pushed back against the traditional rules of the state capital.

I never planned to fit in, and I wont fit in Washington either. Its time to shake that place up, he said in his video, calling the federal government broken.

Democrats regarded the wealthy governor, who is barred by law from running for a third term, as enough of a threat that the party over the weekend held voter registration drives using his prospective campaign to mobilize voters and recently launched a website,, criticizing his record.

For eight years, Rick Scott has put himself and his political interests above the people he serves, and in the Senate he would do the same thing, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo said in a statement.

Republicans have for years controlled the state government, and Donald Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential election with Scotts support.

Bill Nelson was first elected in 2000 and is the only Democrat holding statewide office in Florida.


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