Sen. Rick Scott condemns Paul Pelosi attack as ‘despicable’
Sen. Rick Scott has hit out at Rep. Nancy Pelosi, saying the California Democrat’s attack on his opponent is “despicable.”
Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Scott of running an “all-white” campaign, and of favoring former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and his former chief of staff.
“If anybody’s a racist, it’s (Scott),” Pelosi told an audience at a New Hampshire Union Leader luncheon.
“If you look at (Scott), he’s got a full-time staffer on the campaign and a part-time, and that’s the way you’re supposed to hire. I don’t want a race-baiting, all-white, sexist, all-male staff. That’s not where you’re supposed to be,” she said, according to The Associated Press.
Scott responded in a statement released Saturday.
“I am appalled by the recent statement made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California,” he said. “It was an outrageous attempt to draw a connection between me and a fringe candidate. Rather than focus on the substance of issues, the Speaker chose to attack my political positions. Her remarks were repulsive and shameful.
“I oppose the Pelosi for Majority Democrats plan to turn this election into a racial/gender-based war, and I will continue to speak out against the harmful policies of the party.”
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Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Scott is seeking a second term as Florida’s top elected Republican, but has been outspent by Democratic outside groups. The incumbent’s campaign raised only $3.4 million in 2017, while outside groups poured more than $6.6 million into Scott, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.
Pelosi came under fire in August when she said that the GOP “would consider” running a white supremacist on the ballot in a state where more than 90 percent of voters are non-white.
“They are talking about running a white supremacist on the ballot,” Pelosi was quoted as saying then. “When I hear it, it