It was a really solid week for Governor Scott’s campaign for the United States Senate. He won support from Florida’s Police Chiefs in their first ever endorsement in a U.S. Senate race; 55 of Florida’s 67 sheriffs endorsed him; and two polls out this week show him leading Senator Bill Nelson. Granted it’s a long way from election day in November, but Governor Scott is doing all the right things early in the campaign.
As good of a week Governor Scott had, Bill Nelson had one of the worst weeks of his political career. Democrats are privately grumbling Nelson is being out-hustled by Governor Scott. A story in Politico Florida highlighted an additional concern Democrats have with Nelson – his lack of outreach to Hispanics. Scott is hammering Nelson with TV ads, while Nelson is pretty much absent from the airwaves. Senate Majority PAC, which supports Democrats, are riding to Nelson’s rescue with an ad hitting Scott’s business and government records. Nelson flip-flopped on his support of an appointment to the federal bench to appease liberal groups. And finally, a story seen only on FLA News Online, we ask the question – How long is too long for Bill Nelson?
Other Political News of the Week
Is Adam Putnam still the front runner for the Republican nomination for Governor? You betcha’. How can we tell? There are a few signs. A new Florida Chamber poll shows Putnam with a 17-point lead over his Republican opponent Congressman Ron DeSantis; Putnam has a sizable money advantage and is using it on TV ads across Florida while DeSantis is taking the Fox News frequent guest strategy (at least for now); and Democrats are attacking Putnam not DeSantis.
After weathering the revelation that his office issued nearly 300 concealed weapons permits to people ineligible to receive them because a former employee didn’t do her job, Democrats are on the attack on this subject, and others – including a roller coaster mishap in Daytona Beach (Putnam’s office inspects amusement park rides). One of the old rules of politics, don’t waste your time on second place candidates.
There’s one factor that could change that front runner status — President Donald Trump. DeSantis touts an endorsement from Trump (he did a quasi-endorsement on Twitter). If Trump goes all-in for DeSantis before the late August primary, it could turn the race on its ear.
The Democrats efforts to go after rural voters seems like a waste of time. One rural county Republican chairman says Democrats abandoned them long ago.
Judge blames Legislature for failing to fully fund voter-approved land conservation constitutional amendment.