Where is Bill Nelson?
We don't hear a lot from Bill Nelson these days, other than what he says in TV ads in Florida. The cautious Democrat is pursuing a cautious campaign strategy, sticking to small events and private fundraisers. The rallies he attends are when President Obama drops into the state. Nelson went to the Democratic National Convention but was barely visible.
All told, it's a striking difference from other big Senate races playing out across the country. Voters in Florida are not getting an up-close look at the two-term Nelson and hearing directly why he feels he deserves another six years.
But it's also not surprising. Nelson has a steady lead over Connie Mack, who has spent the past week barnstorming Florida in an attempt to raise his profile, and the approach seems to be do no harm. Now Nelson may have less incentive to hit the road with Obama looking stronger in Florida, rallying the base on the senator's behalf.
"As for the question of where’s Bill Nelson been lately – Bill’s been doing his job in the Senate as well as campaigning," the campaign said this afternoon after we inquired. It listed a number of events, which are below.
Sept. 2 - New Covenant Baptist church ( official )
Sept 3 – Labor Day celebration in Plant City ( campaign )
Sept 4 – Democratic Convention in Charlotte, fundraiser, interviews including with WFLA’s Keith Cate ( campaign )
Sept 5 – Address to the Northwest Florida Military Association in Fort Walton Beach ( official )
Sept. 6 – Fundraising calls
Sept. 7 – Speak to Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland ( campaign )
Sept. 8 – Appearance with the President’s campaign in Central Florida ( campaign )
Sept. 9 – Appearance with President’s campaign in South Florida ( campaign )
Sept. 10 - Senate in session in Washington ( official )
Sept. 11 – Senate in session in Washington ( official )
Sept. 12 – Senate in session in Washington ( official )
Sept. 13 – Senate in session in Washington, Neil Armstrong memorial service ( official )
Sept. 14 – Fundraising ( campaign )
Sept. 15 – Campaign advisers meetings ( campaign )
Sept. 16 – Orlando campaign office
Sept. 17 - Speech on voting rights at Florida State College in Jacksonville ( official )
Sept. 18 – Orlando campaign office ( campaign )
Sept. 19 – Senate in session in Washington ( official )
Sept. 20 – Senate in session in Washington ( official )
Sept. 21 - Senate in session, speak to NAACP ( official )
Sept. 22 – Presided over Senate midnight to 1 a.m. ( official ); meeting with African-American leaders in Broward and Democratic in Broward and Dade ( campaign ); keynote speaker at the Puerto Rican Bar Association ( official )
Sept. 23 – Fundraising