The details on Rick Scott’s term limit proposal

No more than 12 years, he says.
The Capitol on April 11, 2018. (Alex Leary | Times)
The Capitol on April 11, 2018. (Alex Leary | Times)
Published April 12, 2018|Updated April 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Representatives could serve no more than six terms and Senators two under Rick Scott's term limit proposal.

Scott has been talking up limits during his campaign stops across Florida this week but not delving into detail. A spokesman provided them to the Tampa Bay Times upon request.

The concept is hugely popular, an array of polls show, but also has gained zero traction over the years and incumbents get re-elected in high numbers.

Still, the 12-year cap is Scott's first policy proposal and works to emphasize one of his and the GOP's central points about Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who's seeking his fourth term and was first elected to political office in 1972.

Moreover, it's a way for Scott to seize voter disgust for Washington.

"This concept of career politicians has got to stop," the term-limited governor said during his formal announcement Monday in Orlando.

Next week Scott will be in Washington to raise money with some of the top Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, first elected in 1984.

But while critics may scoff — and reality suggests his proposal is D.O.A — Scott has picked an easy to grasp, popular idea to talk up with voters in the early stage of the race.

The campaign says he'll be offering more reform proposals soon.