Republicans rip Nelson for Hurricane Irma-themed campaign email

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in Belle Glade after Hurricane Irma. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson “reached a new level of tone deaf” this week when his 2018 re-election campaign sent out an email that boasts of Nelson’s efforts to cap airfares as Hurricane Irma approached Florida.

Email from Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson’s 2018 campaign.

Nelson’s email asks recipients to respond to a poll on whether airlines “should cap fares for those fleeing disasters.”

It also includes a box marked “Contribute.”

“Bill Nelson is spending time blasting out fundraising emails while countless Floridians are recovering from Hurricane Irma’s devastation,” said NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin. “Bill Nelson’s D.C. elitist behavior is always self-serving, but this kind of out of touch behavior reaches a new low.”

A Nelson spokesman didn’t comment on the contents of the email but said it’s President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott who have been playing hurricane politics.

When Trump visited Southwest Florida a few days after Irma struck, he publicly urged Scott to run against Nelson next year.

“Unlike Trump and Scott, Nelson suspended his campaign before, during and after the storm. In fact, while Trump and Scott were using a disaster event to campaign together in Fort Myers, Nelson was in North Florida handing out food to victims of the storm,” said Nelson spokesman Ryan Brown.

 

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