In another indication of the importance of a voting block that could have some influence in the U.S. Senate race this fall, Gov. Rick Scott is spending today in Puerto Rico to offer more guidance on the recovery from Hurricane Maria that devastated the island last fall.
Scott’s visit comes days after campaigning in Central Florida. He held a roundtable Friday with members of the Puerto Rican community in Kissimmee to discuss recovery efforts.
“It was great to meet with members of the Puerto Rican community to discuss what Florida has done to support Puerto Rican families following Hurricane Maria and how we can continue to work together to make sure these families have the resources they need to succeed,” said Scott on Friday. “I am proud of the work we have done in Florida to support Puerto Rican families both here and in Puerto Rico, and I will continue to fight for what matters most to them in D.C.”
Scott will meet with emergency management officials, officials from the federal government and leaders of Puerto Rico. He will also meet with volunteer workers from the American Red Cross. Scott’s office says he was invited by Puerto Rico’s Lt. Gov and Secretary of State Luis G. Rivera-Marin.
Well over 100,000 Puerto Ricans have come to Florida since Maria devastated the island. In what is expected to be a close race between Scott and incumbent Bill Nelson for the Senate seat that Nelson has held for the past 18 years, any advantage a candidate can receive from a particular voting block would be welcome.
The trip to Puerto Rico is the fifth visit by Scott. Nelson, who also campaigned in Kissimmee on Friday, has also made trips to Puerto Rico since Maria to assist with the recovery efforts.