Report: Schumer ‘Sound[ed] the Alarm’ Over Bill Nelson’s Lack of Reelection Prep Report: Schumer ‘Sound[ed] the Alarm’ Over Bill Nelson’s Lack of Reelection Prep – NTK Network

Report: Schumer ‘Sound[ed] the Alarm’ Over Bill Nelson’s Lack of Reelection Prep

In a sign national Democrats are worried about Sen. Bill Nelson's (D-FL) chances, a new report says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) implored Nelson to kick his campaign into gear.

By NTK Staff | 05.14.2018 @2:00pm
Report: Schumer ‘Sound[ed] the Alarm’ Over Bill Nelson’s Lack of Reelection Prep

A few months ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) “sound[ed] the alarm” about Sen. Bill Nelson’s (D-FL) reelection effort.

The Washington Post‘s Sean Sullivan and Seung Min Kim reported (emphasis ours):

One of [Democrats’] biggest sources of anxiety is the Senate race in Florida, where some Democrats fear that three-term Sen. Bill Nelson has not adequately prepared to defend his seat against Gov. Rick Scott, a well-financed former businessman handpicked for the race by Trump. Scott and Nelson are close in early polls.

The growing alarm about Nelson, one of 10 Democratic senators running this year in a state won by Trump in 2016, prompted the Senate’s top Democrat, Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), to sound the alarm a few months ago in a private meeting in which he pleaded with Nelson to step up his efforts and hire a campaign manager, which he did not do until March, according to people familiar with the conversation.

Schumer’s not the only Democrat worried about Nelson’s chances against Scott, a popular governor now running for U.S. Senate.

NTK Network noted last week that a majority of Florida political insiders told the Tampa Bay Times that they now believe Scott will defeat Nelson, a reversal from two months ago. Numerous insiders shared their fears about Nelson’s campaign and ability to compete with Scott’s operation.

Florida could be a prime U.S. Senate pickup opportunity for Republicans this fall.

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