When President Donald Trump paused at a Miami rally last week to urge Florida Gov. Rick Scott to run for U.S. Senate next year, he pretty much wrote Sen. Bill Nelson‘s next fundraising appeal to partisan Democrats.
Sure enough, Nelson’s re-election campaign responded this week with a letter pleading for campaign cash because “Rick Scott has been recruited by Donald Trump to run against me.”
Republican Scott, facing term limits next year, has been sounding like a Senate candidate but hasn’t launched a campaign.
“Oh, I hope he runs for the Senate,” Trump said of Scott in Miami when the president visited to sign an order toughening trade and travel restrictions on Cuba. As Scott sat on stage smiling, Trump said, “I know I’m not supposed to say that. I hope he runs for the Senate. Rick, are you running?”
Nelson’s fundraising letter mentions Trump seven times and Scott five times.
“We know what Rick Scott and Donald Trump are going to do to try and win this election. Their playbook is all too familiar. They rely on big corporations and out-of-state billionaires to fill their Super PACs with money…That’s why I need your help — today. Please donate $35, $50 or even $100 if you can,” says the two-page appeal.
The letter asks donors to give before June 30, when the current quarter ends and fundraising activity must be reported to the Federal Election Commission.
“Our report will reveal the strength of our campaign,” says Nelson’s letter.