Last September, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, President Donald Trump said, “I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate.” On Monday, the republican Florida governor, who is facing term limits, announced his bid against democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. Undoubtedly, the race will be one of the most expensive and highly-watched in the nation.
During his campaign kick-off in Orlando, the governor said he believes that Washington is broken. He also admits that he’s never been one to “fit in” to politics and assured those in attendance, “I won’t fit in in Washington either.”
Floridians elected Scott to the office of Governor in 2011. Scott Tweeted on Monday, “8 years ago today, I did something that everyone told me not to do – I announced that I was running for Governor.”
“With the hard work of Floridians, we have come a long way, but our work is not done. That’s why I have decided to run for the United States Senate. Let’s Get to Work!”
Senator Bill Nelson acknowledged the announcement of his opponent, but was decidedly focused on tasks at hand.
The Florida senator met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for more than an hour in a one-on-one, closed-door meeting on Monday. The two spoke ahead of Zuckerberg’s Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees testimony regarding privacy which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Nelson said he is optimistic about the Facebook founder’s compliance, but not as hopeful about progress being made in congress.
“How in the world can you have 44 senators do a hearing that has a lot of substance when each senator has only four minutes?” Nelson said. “I was an objector to it being a combined hearing. It ought to have been a Commerce Committee hearing and Judiciary, where each committee could operate in its own way.”
Nelson, who is Florida’s only statewide-elected democrat, did take the time to slam Scott, saying that he “will say and do anything to try to get elected.”
The United States Senate election in Florida will take place on November 6, 2018.