Conventional wisdom tells us that when a person gets older, they get wiser. That may not be the case for senior Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D), who is on the verge of facing the biggest campaign challenge of his political career, appears to feel that if he exploits the recent natural disasters for political expediency, that it will go over well with voters.
Nelson, who is expected to draw Florida Governor Rick Scott as his Republican senatorial challenger, has been desperately trying to stay relevant and boost his profile during the latest Hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Now Nelson is fundraising off the storm that killed 40+ and left many homeless, not to mention causing millions of dollars in property damage.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has been hot on Nelson’s heels and has countered his every move, tweet, and Facebook posting.
The NRSC’s Communications Director Katie Martin stated the following about Nelson’s questionable online fundraising off Hurricane Irma:
“Bill Nelson is spending time blasting out fundraising emails while countless Floridians are recovering from Hurricane Irma’s devastation…Bill Nelson’s DC elitist behavior is always self-serving, but this kind of out of touch behavior reaches a new low.”
In all fairness, not only has he called for the U.S. Military to get involved (National Guard has been on the scened since the storms hit), Sen. Nelson has also called on the federal government to put together a relief package for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Perhaps Nelson should follow Senator Rubio’s lead and send four of his staffers to Puerto Rico to aid in disaster relief?