Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, believed to be facing Rick Scott in the 2018 Florida Gubernatorial race, was heavily criticized for choosing politics over principles by voting in favor of a filibuster to stop Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination. This move is seen directly contrasting Nelson’s 2006 support when Nelson voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nelson’s 2006 vote labeled him a centrist, but critics say this isn’t the case.
By voting in favor of the Gorsuch’s filibuster, Politico says is him choosing “to down his left flank.”
Katie Martin, NRSC Communications Director, slammed Bill Nelson’s vote in a statement by explaining that “Bill Nelson blatantly disregarded the will of voters by attempting to block a vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. Floridians deserve a Senator who is unafraid to stand up to the obstructionist leadership of Chuck Schumer. Today, Nelson made it clear he’s not that guy.”
She also commented that “Despite representing a state President Trump carried in the 2016 election, Nelson refuses to work across the aisle for the sake of a functioning Supreme Court. This is yet another example that Nelson’s focus in Washington is playing partisan games – not representing Floridians.”