Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is widely expected to run for the seat of Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, will chair a super PAC that aims to “re-brand and re-invent the Republican Party” to better support President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump’s election was a complete shock to the system in Washington,” says the website for New Republican, the entity Scott will chair. “This is the perfect opportunity to do things differently. Donald Trump needs a Republican Party that supports him with ideas that will make American Great, and ideas that the American people want. New Republican will be an idea generator.”
Veteran Republican strategist Alex Castellanos is the super PAC’s senior adviser. Melissa Stone, who was Scott’s chief of staff and managed his 2014 re-election, will be executive director. The PAC’s finance director will be Taylor Teepell, who has worked in the past for Scott and Govs. Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.
“The President is a friend of mine. I’ve known him for about 20 years. I am committed to helping him as he fights against the political machine and attempts to force real change upon a political system and a city that hates change,” Scott said in a statement on the New Republican website.
Scott in 2016 was national chairman for the Rebuilding America Now super PAC, which raised and spent more than $25 million to assist Trump.