Rick Scott turns up heat on Raphael Warnock over All-Star Game move

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Georgians to see ads during MLB All-Star events.

U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, up for reelection in 2022, is facing a brushback pitch from the National Republican Senatorial Committee led by Sen. Rick Scott.

The GOP Senate campaign arm plans a new ad to air in Georgia during two showcase events from Major League Baseball: Monday’s Home Run Derby and Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

These events were originally scheduled for the home stadium of the Atlanta Braves. Instead, they will be across the continent in Denver after MLB moved the events in the wake of changes to Georgia’s voting rights laws.

Like all other Democrats of note, Warnock opposed these changes, and the NRSC ad spotlights the so-called “blunder” from the Senator elected earlier this year.

Scott had taken an absence from being quoted in these political news releases in the wake of the Surfside condo collapse but is back with the on-record statement for the Warnock hit.

“The MLB All-Star Game will be bittersweet for baseball fans in Georgia as they watch a game played in a packed stadium in Denver instead of Atlanta, where it should be ber,” Scott contended. “Sadly, it was their very own Senator who helped run the All-Star Game and $100 million out of Atlanta. After initially supporting boycott efforts, even Stacey Abrams changed her tune and vocally opposed a boycott of Atlanta and its small businesses.

“But Raphael Warnock refused to condemn this boycott that hurt Georgia families. The NRSC is proud to remind voters in Georgia of the urgent need to replace Sen. Warnock next November.”

Of course, the Georgia Senate races of 2021, two special elections held after Joe Biden won the presidency, both went to Democrats. And Scott’s NRSC was engaged in both races, to no avail: the Florida Senator’s committee went 0 for 2, with Warnock and Jon Ossoff defying the odds and flipping the Peach State’s Senate seats.

The ad reminds viewers that Warnock backed the boycott, saying on CNN that “we all have to use our voices.” And it urges donations via text message to the NRSC.

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


8 comments

  • Tom

    July 9, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    What has Rick the Dick Scott done for Florida lately? Too busy fooling himself into thinking he’s a good fit to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, he’s meddling in political gotchas while ignoring the needs of Floridians–needs like health and transportation, two areas he’s always ignored, including during his eight years as governor.

  • Tom Palmer

    July 9, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    It’s all petty politics by Senator Medicare fraud.

  • John

    July 9, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Rick is a huge disappointment.

    I’d like him to worry about the Florida economy, obviously he has no personal need for money and can waste his time criticizing our neighbors but it would be nice if he were concerned about Floridians and not his hopeless chances at a Presidential run.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Omg. Ricky the killer of old people is just another damn liar!

  • joey

    July 11, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Only in Florida he can win. People in florida must be S to vote for this guy.

  • Cinforoso

    July 12, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Warnock lost $100 million for his home state. That’s just the inconvenient truth. Like Rick Scott or not, a political leader like Warnock can do more harm to their constituents by acting like idiots, which Warncok did. AOC did the same stupidity in NY. Even Abrams backed off of this ridiculous idea. Warnock deserves to be bounced from his office.

    • Frankie M.

      July 12, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      I’m always skeptical of inflated numbahs people throw around. Still trying to figure out much the Super Bowl cost the taxpayers in Jax. Security alone probably put them in the red but good luck getting them to open their books when people can just pull numbahs out of their 5th point of contact. Of course they said the real benefit of hosting the event was the national exposure. How’d that work out? Downtown pre-Covid was a ghost town. Ask Japan how much of a blessing it is to host the Olympics this year. Do fans really travel to watch meaningless All Star games. I’d rather go see the pro bowl in Orlando. At least Disney is next door.

  • Frankie M.

    July 12, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Nobody gives a shit about MLB but you Rick. Maybe he should run for Warnock’s senate seat in GA? What a blessing for the community that would be! #stayhard Rick

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