Rick Scott requires 'change' inside GOP in seven-figure nationwide advert

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is launching a nationwide tv advert calling for change throughout the GOP and urging Republicans to “cease caving in” to Democratic calls for. 

The seven-figure spot options Scott himself addressing his unsuccessful effort to oust Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from his submit. He acknowledges that profitable that management race was at all times “going to be arduous,” earlier than calling on voters to “assist us change our celebration.”

“Folks instructed me to not run for Republican chief towards Mitch McConnell. They stated I wouldn’t win,” Scott says within the advert, which is slated to start airing later this week. “I knew it was going to be arduous, however we gotta begin someplace. Look, we’re on the street to woke socialism and Republicans are only a velocity bump.”

“We are able to’t maintain doing the identical previous factor,” he continues. “It’s time for Republicans to be daring, communicate the reality and cease caving in.”

The advert, which was first reported by Fox Information, affords the most recent signal that Scott is digging in his heels after unsuccessfully difficult McConnell for his submit as Senate Republican chief. 

Scott, who led the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) via a lackluster 2022 midterm cycle, discovered himself at odds with McConnell a number of occasions up to now 12 months over his stewardship of the GOP’s effort to recapture management of the Senate.

One notable dispute got here when Scott launched a coverage agenda that was panned by Democrats and plenty of Republicans, together with McConnell. Whereas Scott sought to solid the proposals as his personal and never reflective of the broader Republican Celebration’s positions, he has additionally argued that the GOP ought to extra proactively map out its priorities.

Scott has additionally confronted criticism from fellow Republicans over his refusal to take a extra lively function in Senate primaries. His critics say that his technique in the end left the celebration with a handful of controversial and untested nominees, who value the GOP an opportunity at profitable the Senate majority.

Scott, a former two-term Florida governor, is up for reelection in 2024 and has stated that he intends to hunt a second time period within the Senate.