Rick Scott plays Nancy Pelosi card on Bill Nelson as TV ad avalanche continues

A new TV ad by Republican Gov. Rick Scott says liberal House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a “big influence” on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

As NBC News reports that Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his allies are outspending Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and his allies by nearly a 50-to-1 margin in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, the Scott campaign today released a new TV ad playing the Nancy Pelosi card against the three-term Democratic incumbent.

Scott’s campaign today released a new statewide TV ad labeling Nelson a “party-line” politician. Specific issues or votes are not mentioned in the ad, but one speaker says he thinks liberal House Minority Leader Pelosi “is a huge influence on the Democratic party and Bill Nelson.”

Nelson’s camp responded that the Democratic senator has a history of bipartisanship and Scott doesn’t.

“For eight years, Rick Scott ran a one-party rule state and now, he’s doing and saying anything to be part of the one-party rule in Washington,” said Nelson spokeswoman Carlie Waibel. “Bill Nelson has a long record of working across the aisle and has been recognized for it, including passing legislation to keep oil rigs off Florida’s coast, bringing back our space program and working to restore the Everglades.”

The liberal website ProgressivePunch.org gives Nelson a “C” grade on its scorecard, ranking him 39th out of 49 Senate Democrats for liberalism. Progressive Punch says Nelson has voted the liberal line on 76.5 percent of “crucial” votes in his career. Pelosi gets a 93.7 percent liberal purity score for crucial House votes during her career.

NBC, citing data from Advertising Analytics, says Scott and pro-Scott groups have spent $8.8 million on TV ads in the Senate race so far while Nelson hasn’t spent anything and a pro-Nelson group has spent $185,000.


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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