Rick Scott derides ‘disgraceful’ Senate dress code change

Rick Scott Washington Watch
'You know, we're supposed to represent the American public.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is riled up over new rules allowing Senators to dress down.

During an appearance on “Washington Watch,” Florida’s junior Senator slammed Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for allowing more casual clothes on the floor to facilitate stylistic choices made by U.S.  Sen. John Fetterman, a Pennsylvania Democrat.

“You know, we’re supposed to represent the American public. We’re supposed to be debating the biggest issues in America, in the world, and how disgusting if … we’re going to do that … without looking like we really care about it,” Scott said.

“I think the American public thinks this is disgraceful. What Chuck Schumer did, he did it unilaterally, like the Democrats are doing everything else. No vote on the Senate floor,” Scott continued. “I can’t imagine he could have gotten the votes to do this, and it’s wrong when people see us on TV, or they see us, they come to the gallery and watch us debate these issues.”

Scott said the move may play poorly with the public.

“I think they’re going to be so disappointed when they see people that don’t have to dress appropriately and really respect the position we’re in,” Scott added. “We’re in exalted positions. We should respect the institutions of this country, including the U.S. Senate.”

Scott’s comments follow a letter he sent Leader Schumer earlier this week, a document signed by 45 GOP colleagues.

“The Senate is a place of honor and tradition, and the Senate floor is where we conduct the business of the American people. It is where we debate the policies (that) impact every American family, and, when necessary, it is where we must make the gravest decision imaginable — whether to send our fellow Americans into battle to defend the freedoms we all hold dear. The world watches us on that floor, and we must protect the sanctity of that place at all costs,” the Republicans wrote.

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


  • My Take

    September 20, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    What a bourgeois prig.
    A den of lying low-account thieves, but they LOOK professional.

  • Ocean Joe

    September 20, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Wearing a hoodie is disgraceful, but fleecing Medicare is A-OK!

  • Michael K

    September 20, 2023 at 8:21 pm

    Most Americans do not wear suits.

    It’s the Republican policies that I find disgraceful – especially Scott’s Medicare fraud and his positions on Medicare, Social Security, refusal to work on bi-partisan immigration reform, and being a tool for the gun makers.

  • My Take

    September 20, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    In a breechclout and a pelt, Fetterman would be far more decent than Scott.

  • WeSeeTou

    September 21, 2023 at 3:43 am

    Nooooo. The American public cares about thugs like the freedom caucus and Scott wanting to do a national federal BAN on ALL abortions. We care about the money you have stolen while in office We care about gerrymandering. We care about you supporting a candidate with 91 felony charges. Gym Jordan has never worn a jacket.

  • Mike Miller

    September 21, 2023 at 9:29 am

    That old adage that says…” clothes do make the man” applies here. It’s what is accomplished. Scott is woefully lacking in that accomplishment category!

    • Glenn Miller

      September 21, 2023 at 10:18 am

      Completely agree with Mike M comments!👍

  • My Take

    September 24, 2023 at 7:26 am

    No baldies. No chrome domes.
    He should have to wear a wig, an 18th çentuŕy one.

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