Florida Governor Rick Scott said Sunday as the 2018 legislative session wound down that he's going to "think about my future" over the next couple of weeks -- a comment widely viewed as an allusion to a potential challenge of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in November.
Democrats aren't waiting to hear what the Republican governor decides.
On Monday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released two digital ads attacking Scott over his personal finances and corporate and public records.
One ad, called "Truth," rehashes old (failed) attacks based on Scott's stint in the 90s as the CEO of Columbia/HCA, a chain that was slapped with a massive $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud. The ad also says Scott "hid" voice messages left on his cell phone by representatives of a nursing home where 14 patients died after the power went out during Hurricane Irma, although Scott's office says the audio was deleted as allowed by state law only after the pertinent information was sent to the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Health.
In the second ad, "Blind," Scott is attacked over the management of his blind trust.
On Monday, Clearview Research released a poll showing Scott, whose final term as governor ends in November, slightly ahead of Nelson should he challenge the incumbent. Polls released over the last several months have largely shown the two men neck-and-neck.