Rick Scott downplays Val Demings’ Senate chances

Rick Scott Senate
Scott made the comments on Fox News Radio Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday dismissed contentions that Florida’s 2022 Senate race will be a historically expensive battle.

His contrarian feeling is that incumbent Marco Rubio is so well regarded in Florida that he should score a relatively easy victory over potential Democratic nominee U.S. Rep. Val Demings.

Though Demings will face a Primary, she has more buzz and momentum than others in the field, leading to the seeming presumption she will be the nominee.

However, Scott doesn’t expect the race to be the most expensive in history.

“I don’t think so. Because here’s why. I mean, Marco’s done a good job in his 10 years up here. He’s well thought of in the state. He’s worked hard,” Scott said, driving home the case for Rubio’s third term with flair.

Scott contrasted Rubio’s “good job” with a seemingly more worrisome performance from Demings, a Congresswoman from Orlando who worked her way through the ranks to police chief before launching her political career.

“Demings, you know, she votes 100% with Nancy Pelosi, over 90% with The Squad. That doesn’t fit Florida,” Scott said. “So as long as we get the message out, I think Marco’s going to have a big win and it won’t be as expensive.”

Scott, who heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee, made the comments on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show,” near the tail end of an extended interview Tuesday morning.

Scott’s NRSC followed up his dismissal of Demings with an email lambasting her “silence” about criticisms of Israel lobbied by the aforementioned “Squad.”

“Val Demings may be content with remaining quiet but as she seeks a promotion in 2022, she will be in for a surprise when the voters have a chance to share their opinion at the ballot box,” Scott contended.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • James R. Miles

    June 15, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    More rantings from Florida’s do nothing Senator. Who cares what Rick Scott says about ANYTHING!!

  • Zhombre

    June 15, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Demings won her seat in Congress from a majority black district mandated by the State Supreme Court. Her claim to fame in Congress is serving as an impeachment manager. Can she really win a statewide election in a state Trump carried in 2020 by a wide margin? Not bloody likely.

  • PeterH

    June 16, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Rick Scott won his seat in the Senate by a hairline margin! He wouldn’t be commenting if he wasn’t worried. Scott should be worried about his and Rubio’s votes to not allow Republican witnesses at Trump’s impeachment and their attempt to sweep under the Republican Clown Bus their votes not to investigate Republican involvement in the January 6th coup attempt to overthrow our Democracy.

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