The Chamber of Commerce endorses Rick Scott in a move that comes as no surprise

by | Apr 26, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign for U.S. Senate is benefiting this week from the support of the business community, specifically the national, state and local Chambers of Commerce. The news should come as no surprise as the Chamber has been a long-time supporter of Scott and his pro-business policies.

Appearing at a campaign rally in Jacksonville Thursday morning, representatives from the three levels of the Chamber announced their endorsements of Scott. They cited Scott’s record of cutting taxes, reducing regulations and promoting economic development.

“Since my first day as governor, I have been on a mission to turn Florida’s economy around, and I am proud of the work we have done to make it easier for job creators to succeed by cutting taxes, reducing burdensome regulations and building a competitive business climate,” said Scott. “With the support of partners like our Chambers of Commerce, Florida has set an example to the rest of the country on how government should create an environment for businesses small and large to thrive. That is exactly what I am going to do in D.C., and I appreciate the support of our national, state, and local job creators as we show Washington what it means to get to work.”

The Scott campaign says this marks the first time in Florida political history that all three levels of the Chamber have come together to announce an endorsement of a candidate.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled  a :30 television spot (see below) being aired in the Tampa and Orlando market that attacks Scott’s Democratic opponent Bill Nelson’s record on the economy and business issues. Politico Florida reported the national chamber spent over $250,000 on the initial buy.

“Governor Scott has a proven track record of fighting for tax cuts and pro job creation policies that have helped Florida’s economy thrive,” said U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Rob Engstrom. “We look forward to seeing this leadership continue in the Senate as we continue to work together to support long-term economic growth for American families and businesses.”

The Florida Democratic Party fired back claiming Scott’s policies left more than half of Florida’s counties with fewer jobs since he took office.

“Special interests supporting Rick Scott cannot erase his record: thanks to Scott’s self-serving politics half of Florida counties have lost jobs and wages are at the bottom of the nation, but he’s used his position as governor to make himself $46 million richer,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesman Sebastian Kitchen. “The only people who have benefited from Scott’s self-serving politics are himself and his donors.”

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