Florida Sen. Rick Scott is wasting no time helping to re-elect Republicans in his new job leading his party’s Senate campaign arm.
Starting Thursday, Scott will run an ad in Georgia urging voters not to give Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. Georgia has two Senate races heading toward a Jan. 5 runoff election that are likely to decide which party is in the majority.
The ad, which will air statewide for a week, features Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, celebrating in the streets of Brooklyn after former Vice President Joe Biden was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
“Now we take Georgia, then we change America,” Schumer says.
Then the focus turns to Scott, who says a Democratic takeover of the Senate would mean less funding for police and the elimination of “employer-based health insurance.” (Biden opposes the progressive movement to defund police and his health care plan would create a government-run insurance alternative to traditional insurance, not eliminate it.)
“Georgia, don’t let these radicals change America,” Scott says.
Scott on Tuesday was elected unanimously by his colleagues to chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a leadership position that helps raise money to recruit and election Republicans across the country. This ad, though, was paid for by Scott’s political committee, Let’s Get to Work.
The eyes of the entire political world are on Georgia as incumbent Republican Sens. David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler attempt to hold onto their seats against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff, a former investigative journalist, and Reverend Raphael Warnock. Republicans and Democrats are flooding the state with money and surrogates in hopes of influencing Georgians, who just narrowly voted for Biden in the presidential election, the first Democrat to carry the state since former President Jimmy Carter.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is among them. He will travel to north Georgia on Wednesday to campaign for his Republican colleagues.
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