“Negative Nelson”: New Ad Follows Negative Attacks from Bill Nelson’s Democratic Party Loyalists

Begging the question: “Why can’t Nelson find much good to say about himself?”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Scott for Florida campaign released its latest television and digital ad, “Negative Nelson,” following recent negative attack ads from Bill Nelson’s Democratic party loyalists. The ad underscores Nelson’s reliance on going negative as he struggles to identify notable accomplishments from his half century in office to support his reelection campaign.

“You would think that after nearly half a century in office, Bill Nelson would be confident enough to stand on his own accomplishments. Instead, he relies on tired, baseless attacks that have already been tried by career politicians and rejected by Floridians time and time again. Instead of living in the past, Nelson should focus on actually achieving something (or anything) for Floridians.” – Lauren Schenone, Scott for Florida Press Secretary 

Throughout his time as a career politician, Nelson has been called out on numerous occasions for failing to accomplish anything notable for Florida, including…

  • In 1990, almost 20 years after first being elected to a public office, The Orlando Sentinel found, “Mr. Nelson has been running for something or other during much of his life, but leaving few footprints behind.” (Editorial, “Lawton Chiles A Statesman,” Orlando Sentinel, 8/26/90)
  • In 2012, The Tampa Bay Times noted, “He is not seen as a forceful voice in debates and cuts a ghostly presence in Capitol Halls.” (Alex Leary, “Sen. Nelson’s Cautious Political Trajectory,” Tampa Bay Times, 5/28/12)
  • A 2017 survey found that nearly half of Floridians surveyed did not have an opinion of Bill Nelson. (Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida, 10/24/17)
  • Throughout his time in Congress, Nelson has been the lead sponsor of only 10 bills that became law. (“Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Bill Nelson,” Library of Congress, Accessed 4/29/18)


Watch the ad above and see the full script here:

RICK SCOTT: I’m Rick Scott and I approve this message.    

“When Bill Nelson was first elected, Richard Nixon was President. Yep. Nixon.”

“A professional politician for 46 years, Nelson has learned some tricks.” 

“Cheap tricks, like attack your opponent regardless of the facts.” 

“Now that Nelson is attacking Rick Scott, you might ask, after almost a half century in office, why can’t Nelson find much good to say about himself?”

“Bill Nelson. Negative. A long, long time.” 

TEXT ON SCREEN: Paid for by Rick Scott for Florida. Approved by Rick Scott.