We can all agree Bill Nelson has been MIA on the campaign trail, and democrats across the county are taking notice. After a terrible week last week, the news for Nelson has not improved as Florida Politics called Nelson a double-loser and today, the Tampa Bay Times reported, “As Bill Nelson fights for political life against Rick Scott, concerns grow among Democrats.”
Nelson is facing his most difficult campaign in years, and here’s what some folks recently had to say:
“There are days when I think he [Bill Nelson] is the most vulnerable incumbent.” – Jennifer Duffy, Analyst, Cook Political Report
“Rick Scott is spending very real dollars on what are clearly poll-tested messages. Most polls have the race at tied or leaning Rick Scott. Any incumbent in that position should be worried,” - Steven Vancore, a Democratic pollster in Florida.
“Bill Nelson has very little name recognition. The people who know him don’t know what he’s done. They don’t know him in the community. They don’t see him out to the community as much.” - Marcos Vilar, the Director for United for Progress PAC
“I haven’t really seen that much activity as far as being open to the media from Nelson. And as far as the same intensity as Governor Scott, I don’t see it from Nelson,” – Rene Pedrosa, Miami-based reporter for América TeVé on Nelson’s accessibility to Spanish-language journalists
“You do things necessary to mobilize the community and to communicate. And the fact you don’t have that in Florida set up, you don’t have that in DC set up — it’s baffling. And people are taking notice.” – an unnamed Democrat
“Who is Bill Nelson?” – Roberto R. Tejera, host of “The Roberto Rodriguez Tejera Show” on Actualidad Radio in Miami
“Scott as governor has higher visibility than Nelson, whose Senate career lacks a defining moment.” – Tampa Bay Times
Nelson is failing in all parts of his campaign – outreach, communication, and in key communities, and Floridians are definitely noticing. Only 140 more days until we can wish him the best in retirement.
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