Latest Rick Scott TV ad takes aim at Bill Nelson’s decades in office

Woman in new Rick Scott ad says Democrat Bill Nelson started in politics in 1972. That’s just a little bit less than I am old… and I’m no spring chicken.”

On the day Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson dipped a toe in the Florida messaging wars by launching a digital ad campaign, Republican Gov. Rick Scott countered with a $2.2 million TV ad buy calling for “somebody new” in Washington.

Scott two weeks ago began airing a person-in-the-street ad labeling Nelson a “party-line politician” influenced by arch-liberal House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The ad didn’t mention any specific votes or issues. Scott’s new ad doesn’t mention any specific issues, either, aside from the longevity of Nelson’s political career.

Nelson, 75, was elected to the Florida state House in 1972 and to the U.S. House in 1978. He took a break from public service after losing a 1990 Democratic primary for governor, returning in 1994 to the then-elected post of insurance commissioner, then winning the first of three U.S. Senate terms in 2000.

“He started in politics in 1972. That’s just a little bit less than I am old… and I’m no spring chicken,” says one woman in the ad.

“He’s not a bad guy, but it’s time for someone new,” another woman says.

Scott and his allies have spent more than $13 million on TV ads in the Senate race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has spent $2.2 million on Nelson’s behalf.

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