The Republican political committee that brought Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s “empty suit” in commercials that have been running constantly for weeks has a new ad out filling that suit with everything from tax increase votes to a confused mind.
The new 30-second television commercial “Lining” from New Republican Political Action Committee, the committee Republican Gov. Rick Scott set up to support his U.S. Senate campaign, brings up all the charges that committee had pushed previously: that Nelson has voted to raise taxes; that he’s been collecting government paychecks for 45 years, now totaling millions of dollars in pay; that he voted to cut Medicare; and that he made up a story about Russian interference, and because he’s confused.
Nelson’s campaign has rebutted most of those charges repeatedly, stating, for example, that the Republican’s assertion that he voted 375 times for tax increases is inaccurate; and that the vote referenced as a Medicare cut was no such thing, but rather a vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, which included reductions in the amounts that Medicare would reimburse to hospitals, not cuts in coverage for patients.
“Lining” doesn’t get into such detail.
“We know Bill Nelson is an empty suit. But look inside,” the narrator begins as an empty suit flips open to show the lining and pockets. “Forty-five years in office, Nelson has earned millions and a huge pension we’re paying for. Controlled by his party, Nelson has voted 89 percent of the time with them, even voting to raise taxes 375 times, and cutting our Medicare. A confused Nelson even made up stories about Russian election interference.
“Bill Nelson’s suit is empty. But it’s lined with danger and confusion that hurts Florida families,” the narrator concludes.
New Republican PAC has spent $15 million so far on the race, including on more than a half-dozen TV commercials attacking Nelson, almost all of them asserting that he’s been in office way too long, and that he is “confused.”