PALM BEACH — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who spoke to a few hundred major Republican donors at the Four Seasons Resort today, says he’s optimistic about GOP prospects in 2018 and in no rush to pull the trigger on his own expected Senate race.
Scott spoke at the Republican National Committee’s spring retreat, which on Friday night had President Donald Trump as the featured speaker and will hear from Sen. Marco Rubio tonight.
Remarks by Trump, Scott and others were closed to the press. But Scott said in an interview shortly after his speech that he told donors to “make sure you stay active…Everyone ought to be excited. We won. We have the White House, we have the House and the Senate, but you have to stay active.”
Scott faces gubernatorial term limits next year and is widely expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. This weekend’s Four Seasons crowd could supply money and valuable national fundraising contacts for Scott.
Scott said he told curious members of the donor class the same thing he’s been telling reporters about 2018.
“I have a really good job. There’s no rush to make a decision. And if you remember, I didn’t get into the race in 2010 until April so I’m going to keep doing my job,” Scott said.
The party that wins the White House often loses congressional seats in the ensuing midterm elections, but Scott said he’s confident about GOP fortunes in 2018.
“I think we’re going to do well,” Scott said. “I think Trump’s going to do what I’ve done. He’s going to really focus on what he ran on. I ran on jobs, I focused on jobs. He ran on the economy, he ran on keeping people safe, he ran on replace and repeal Obamacare. He’s doing that stuff so I think the positive for us is no different than what happened in Florida. We didn’t have an issue in Florida because I did what I said I was going to do. Trump’s going to do what he said he’s going to do.”