Senator Rick Scott issued an optimistic message to Republicans on Monday as he takes over fundraising duties in the Senate.
Still reeling from last week’s Senate losses that saw Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win their hotly contested Senate runoffs in Georgia, the junior senator from Florida took a glass half full approach in his first ad as chairman of the National Republican Senate Campaign (NRSC). Donning his iconic NAVY hat, the former Florida governor addressed last week’s defeats that saw Democrats take back control of the Senate — giving them majority control in both chambers — and embraced the challenge he now faces in rallying voters to put their trust in the GOP in 2022.
“I’ve just now taken over as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The fact that my fellow Senators chose me to be the NRSC Chair proves one thing for sure: they obviously don’t like me much, because I now have to figure out how to raise roughly a gazillion dollars in order to retake the U.S. Senate, and stop the march of socialism and the destruction of the ‘American Dream,’” Scott in his first statement as chairman of NRSC.
“Believe it or not, I’m really excited for this opportunity,” he continued.
Scott, who was selected to chair the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm back in November, will be called upon to flex his political fundraising muscle and help the GOP regain control of the Senate. With President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and the defeat of Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Scott will have the daunting task of reigniting his base with his back against the wall with his party facing a difficult Senate map in 2022.
Still, Scott believes that if anyone can do it, he can — pointing to his flawless campaign record and rags-to-riches story.
“Ten years ago, I did something pretty nutty. I announced I was running for Governor of Florida. Since then I’ve won four statewide elections,” Scott proclaimed.
“All the races were close. And in the process, I’ve raised a lot of money and spent a fortune of my own,” Scott continued. “I can say this with confidence. I will never ask a potential donor to contribute more than I already have given.”
“I run a tight ship. I respect our donors. And there are two things I don’t do. I don’t waste money and I don’t lose elections,” said Scott.
If Republicans fail to become THE party that is trusted to lead America into the future, Democrats will lead America into the past.
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) January 11, 2021