NRSC frames Bill Nelson as accountable for broken promises - Florida Politics

NRSC frames Bill Nelson as accountable for broken promises

While Congressional Republicans are struggling to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the GOP still believes campaigning against Obamacare is a win for its cause.

The National Republican Senatorial Campaign on Monday unveiled a new digital ad that will run on Facebook targeting Florida’s Bill Nelson and other Senate Democrats who will be on the ballot next year for their support of the ACA.

“As Democrats continue to grandstand without offering solutions, Bill Nelson’s broken promises are fresh on Floridians’ minds,” said NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin. “Bill Nelson should be held accountable for being dishonest with voters and being complacent in Obamacare’s death spiral.”

Anticipating the attack, Nelson sent a preemptory warning to his supporters on Sunday night.

“Mitch McConnell’s national group just started running brand-new ads against me here in Florida,” Nelson wrote. It’s clear these right-wing groups are more determined than ever to try to replace me with a rubber stamp for their extreme agenda. That’s because instead of having to deal with someone like me – who will continue to fight to keep oil rigs away from our coast, slow the effects of climate change and prevent the passage of this disastrous health-care bill – they’d rather have someone like Gov. Rick Scott, who will quietly go along with their plan.”

Scott is widely expected to challenge Nelson next year in his bid for a fourth term in the Senate.

The NRSC is going all out to target approximately 10 Democratic Senators up for reelection next year who are considered vulnerable, and Nelson is on that list.

Two weeks ago, the NRSC began running Facebook ads tying Nelson to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s push for a single-payer healthcare system, an interesting twist since Nelson has never professed support for such a system.

 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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