Scott’s hypocrisy comes on the heels of a new campaign ad criticizing Bill Nelson for hewing too closely to Democratic leadership
Florida Governor Rick Scott’s new ad criticizes Sen. Bill Nelson for walking the “party line.” But today at a press conference in Jacksonville, Scott was unable to answer how he’d differentiate himself from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP leadership if elected to the Senate.
A reporter asked Scott, “Governor, obviously you’ve got an ad right now for Bill Nelson, painting him as a party line voter. But you’ve been raising money across the country. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader and other people have been helping. If you get elected as Senator, are you going to vow not to be a party line voter? Where would you deviate from Republican leadership in votes? How would you demonstrate political independence?”
And Scott fumbled to respond: “I think my track record over the last sessions that I’ve worked to make sure this state, which has worked, that you can get a job. Our job growth rate, labor force growth rate is way up compared to the national numbers. If you look at our education funding, if you look at law enforcement funding, the environment, I’m going to work to represent our state when I’m in Washington, the same thing I’ve done here. As you know, the federal government was looking at doing offshore drilling, and I fought to make sure that didn’t happen off our coast because we care about our environment and we’re a tourism state and I wanted to make sure that didn’t happen, and we won.”
We’re not sure where all of that came from, but we’re pretty sure Scott didn’t answer the assigned question. Could it be that Scott doesn’t want to risk alienating his campaign donors or political allies to preserve his fake independence?
Watch the full clip from WJXT4 here.