Rick Scott not worried about a Primary challenge in 2024
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'I've shaken hands with at least 600,000 Floridians.'

Florida’s junior Senator has begun his re-election campaign, but he’s not too worried about a Republican Primary challenge in 2024.

National radio host Hugh Hewitt asked U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Friday if anyone was thinking about running against him.

“No, no,” Scott assured Hewitt, who floated the specter of a “Rick Scott Primary.”

“Everybody can run. Everybody has the right to run,” Scott assured Hewitt. “But, you know, I’ve been traveling. I travel the state. I’ve shaken hands with at least 600,000 Floridians. I travel the state. I was in two cities, three cities yesterday. I’ll be in a couple of cities today. When we’re on recess, I travel the state.”

“If you do that stuff, and you’ve done your job, and you did what you said you were going to do, I think it’s hard to run against you, a person,” Scott added.

Scott’s comments came after Hewitt outlined a scenario of someone “trying to run to your right, annoy you, lose by 80 points, but make you spend money.”

Scott’s campaign for Senate in 2018 was telegraphed for years before launch, with the then-Governor rebuffing reporter questions by saying he was focused on his then-current position.

He faced no serious competition in the 2018 GOP Primary, but he did suffer a protest vote after signing gun control legislation in the wake of the Parkland tragedy. Scott won the August vote against serial candidate Rocky de la Fuente, who got over 11% support despite not running a campaign at all.

Scott has already engaged his campaign machinery, though the first ad is speaking more to a national audience than it is a Sunshine State crowd. The seven-figure national buy defended his doomed challenge for party leadership against Mitch McConnell late last year.

“We’re on the road to woke socialism and Republicans are just a speed bump,” Scott warned in the spot. “We can’t keep doing the same old thing. It’s time for Republicans to be bold, speak the truth, and stop caving in.”

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


16 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    January 6, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Don’t vote for Rick Scott. He’s a right wing propagandist and crook…shill for the rich. Also a liar, snake oil salesmen, and saboteur of government. Aside from that, he’s an empty suit.

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  • Charles Bremer

    January 6, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Rick Scott is God’s Anointed one.
    I hope he becomes King of America for life.

  • Boaz

    January 6, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    Perhaps, Democrats in Florida will vote to nominate the likes of a former Republican such as David Jolly or Charlie Crist to run against Senator Scott. Or, better yet, they vote to nominate Rebekah Jones or Andrew Gillum, provided the former complies with all the conditions and stipulations of her plea deal (where she admitted guilt despite all the prevarications she had spewed out on national TV) over the next 2 years and the latter is found not guilty in federal court in the wake of the 21-count public-corruption indictment by Biden’s Justice Dept.

    • Boaz

      January 6, 2023 at 9:38 pm

      “On June 22, 2022, Gillum was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office [to wit, Biden’s Justice Dept.] … on 21 felony counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements for allegedly diverting money raised during the campaign to a company controlled by Sharon Lettman-Hicks, one of his top advisors on his campaign, who then used the money to pay Gillum.”  He’s reportedly scheduled to go on trail in federal court in April.

    • Al

      January 7, 2023 at 11:51 am

      A lot of possible crooks including Scott
      He holds the record for most money stolen.
      I guess vote for the least of the bad of everyone you have appeared to label as bad people with the exception of Scott.

  • tom palmer

    January 7, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    It will be interesting to see if the Democrats can field a decent candidate that can overcome Scott’s ability to buy elections. He has been a consistent disaster for the environment, growth management, government accountability and for working people.

  • Put her there

    January 8, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    “I have shaken hands with at least 50 000 Floridian”

    I would spit on my hand before I do it lol

    • Ocean Joe

      January 8, 2023 at 5:08 pm

      And all of those folks had to count their fingers afterwards.

  • Leonard

    January 9, 2023 at 7:36 am

    To suggest that he is a “people person” or a great grass roots campaigner is a joke. He barely won his first race despite outspending them by $75+million, he barely beat Charlie Crist despite outspending him by $75+million…he is most certainly vulnerable in the primary if a credible conservative pro-DeSantis candidate runs against him.

  • Hope

    January 9, 2023 at 11:42 pm

    Sen. Rick Scott was a good Governor, is a good Senator and a good man who will win re-election on his record alone. Thank you Senator Scott for your service.

    • Elliott Offen

      January 12, 2023 at 7:43 am

      You forgot to mention that he was a crook who pled the 5th like 70 times in a fraud case. Republicans love their snake oil salesmen and crooks.

    • Mr. Haney

      January 18, 2023 at 3:58 pm

      Uh, no he wasn’t and no he isn’t. You don’t even live in Florida.

  • MK

    January 13, 2023 at 9:06 am

    Rick Scott: Plunging the country into fascism and taking all of your money in the process.

    Poster boy for why money needs to be taken out of politics.

  • MK

    January 13, 2023 at 9:07 am

    Remember the unemployment system that took months to help people during the pandemic and was intentionally built to fail? Thanks Rick Scott!!!

  • It's Complicated

    January 13, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Very doubtful anyone is going to take Sen. Scott out in the GOP Primary. Maybe Sabatini will run against him, LOL!

    Florida Democrats should focus on trying to close their 14.4 to 20-point loss margins on statewide races.

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