Democrats using Mitch McConnell’s words to troll Rick Scott at Miami fundraiser
The political rift between Rick Scott and Mitch McConnell widens. Image via AP

Rick Scott and Mitch McConnell
'Banner' day promised at NRSC shindig in South Florida.

Democrats will be trolling Rick Scott at a Miami fundraiser Thursday, using Mitch McConnell’s words to pull it off.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) will fly a banner above a National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) event in Miami between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., reminding attendees of McConnell’s recent tempering of Senate takeover expectations.

“Candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome” will be the phrase seen by attendees who look skyward while arriving. NRSC Chair Scott will be at the Thursday event, along with U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Marco Rubio, and candidates Ted Budd, Adam LaxaltBlake Masters, Joe O’DeaMehmet Oz, Tiffany Smiley and J.D. Vance.

“Some of Senate Republicans’ worst candidates will be together tonight, so we’re taking the opportunity to highlight how their disqualifying personal and political baggage has raised concerns at the highest levels of the Republican party. We hope the donors don’t look up,” remarked DSCC spox Nora Keefe.

The DSCC shiv of Scott is the latest attempt to bring scrutiny to Scott’s somewhat controversial stewardship of the Senate elections effort.

For his part, Scott has defended NRSC strategy against attacks, including concentrating committee spending early in the cycle.

He has also delivered a series of defenses of the 2022 candidates who emerged from Primaries while addressing McConnell’s doubts that Republicans have more than a 50/50 shot at taking back the Senate due to questionable candidates in certain races.

“No! We’ve got great candidates! Look at the background of these people. These are wonderful individuals that believe in this country, and they believe in the right things,” Scott said in August on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” program. “We are going to win, but we’ve got to raise our money. When we raise our money, we win.”

During a Sept. 1 spot on the Brian Kilmeade radio show, Scott claimed McConnell’s doubts amounted to a “shot at our candidates and the voters.”

The schism between Scott and McConnell is documented at this point. They had a public split over Scott’s “12-point plan to rescue America.” McConnell slammed the plan’s suggestion of review of federal entitlement programs as a nonstarter if he led Senate Republicans next year.

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly urged Scott to make a play for McConnell’s post, and Scott has not quashed the possibility of such a run, despite months of questions about it.

So while Democrats typically don’t make a habit of quoting Mitch McConnell to make their points, it’s clear why they’re doing so here.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Lynda

    September 15, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Scott is out of touch with Florida voters. His attacks on Social Security and Medicare prove that. Too many people benefit from the Social Security and Medicare payments made to enrollees and medical providers. The children of people who receive these benefits also like the programs because of the support given to their older relatives. The Medical provider industry is addicted to Medicare and Medicaid (where available) for payments even as discounted as the payment may be. Scott’s threats have enraged all who have a stake in these useful anti-poverty, pro-good health programs.

    Scott ran his personal campaigns from his personal fortune so he has no idea how to manage campaign funds and never should have been given responsibility for the GOP Senate races in 2022. He is a failure from the MAGA Republican perspective. Between Trump and Scott, they appear to have lost the Senate to the Democratic party on candidate quality and enthusiasm for policy positions. Scott should resign for his failures.

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  • PeterH

    September 15, 2022 at 11:40 am

    These Florida Republicans either voted to overturn the 2020 election or believe the 2020 election was stolen, and believe the BIG LIE!

    Ron DeSantis
    Rick Scott
    Kat Cammack
    Mario Diaz-Balart
    Byron Donalds
    Neal Dunn
    Scott Franklin
    Matt Gaetz
    Carlos Gimenez
    Brian Mast
    Bill Posey
    John Rutherford
    Greg Steube
    Daniel Webster


    • Bill

      September 16, 2022 at 8:12 am

      I assume some of these clowns will win their elections and as if by magic, election integrity will be a non issue. Irony can be so ironic sometimes.

  • Lex Taylor

    September 16, 2022 at 9:47 am

    This should be a single issue election on Biden’s Inflation (Bidenflation). If McConnell cannot guide this class of Republicans to victory in this economic climate then McConnell needs to step aside and let someone else lead.

  • I am what I am

    September 18, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I am not sure on a Latino dictatorship I am voting in for Cuba or on of south America military company

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