With Rick Scott expected to finally announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Monday morning, Democrats are increasing their attacks against the Republican governor.
“Join me the morning of April 9th here, on Facebook Live, as I make a big announcement,” Scott posted on his social media sites last week.
It’s been long anticipated that Scott would enter the race for the seat currently held by Democrat Bill Nelson and Democrats have been gearing up for the contest.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been preparing and wasted no time going after Scott’s record in both the public and private sectors. The DSCC launched an anti-Scott website Thursday called Self-Serving Scott. The website suggests Florida lost jobs during Scott’s administration, questioned his private financial dealings, and accused him of avoiding accountability in the deaths of nursing home patients after Hurricane Irma last September and the Parkland school shootings.
And just last week, the Florida Democratic Party held a conference call with U.S. Rep. Darren Soto and state Sen. Gary Farmer claiming Scott shares some of the responsibility for some of the recent tragedies in the state.
It’s a preview of what is likely to be a highly contentious and hard-fought battle.
On Thursday, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato included the Nelson-Scott matchup one of four races for Senate seats currently held by Democrats that are considered to be toss-ups. The other three seats are held by Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
“Nelson’s inclusion in the Toss-up category is predicated on Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) challenging him, and Scott is widely expected to enter the race on Monday (April 9),” Sabato’s staff writes in this week’s Crystal Ball report. “The typical midterm trends that work in favor of the non-presidential party benefit all of these incumbents, but one or more could easily lose even in a bad environment for Republicans.