With the 2018 legislative session over in Florida, all eyes are on Gov Rick Scott (R) and his intentions to run of the U.S. Senate against Sen. Bill Nelson (D). Recent polls show Scott leading Nelson by a smidge, leaving most politicos and journalists believing that a senatorial run is imminent. But while both men have been front and center on the gun issue due to the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, the two are miles apart when it comes to how they have used the shooting for political gain.
You only have to go as far as their respective Twitter handles to see how Nelson and Scott are exploiting the shooting, or not.
Gov Rick Scott’s Twitter picture has him sporting his now-customary Navy cap, while Nelson’s has him appearing to be on scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School talking to kids after the shooting.
Nelson has been taking every opportunity imaginable to get some free earned media that stems from the shooting. Everywhere you turn, t Nelson and other Democrats like Rep. Deutch can be seen smiling for the cameras and ripping into the NRA and guns, but not calling out the local school board and law enforcement for their roll in letting the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, slip through their fingers.
Nelson was in Washington for the #Marchforourlives rally, Scott was not.