Senate Leadership Fund hits Nelson over opposition to tax cut bill
By Matt Dixon
“Bill Nelson made a huge mistake siding with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to obstruct middle class tax cuts,” said Steven Law, the committee’s president and CEO. “We will take it to Democrats over and over this year on tax reform and are confident it will be a winning issue for Republicans in November.”
The committee’s goal is to “protect and expand the Republican Senate Majority.” The ad is part of a six-state campaign from the group to hit Senate Democrats on their tax vote. There was an initial $500,000 buy, which the group has now spent $50,000 to extend.
The ad highlights why Republicans put such a premium on passing the tax cut package. Previously, Republicans had no major legislative victories under the Trump administration, but legislation offering tax reduction is an issue they can ride into the 2018 midterms.
Echoing concerns of other Democrats, Nelson opposed the bill because he said it gave too much to corporations and wealthy Americans.
“What we’ve done before and have now in front of us is not what the American people want,” he said shortly before the bill passed. “It’s what large corporations want.”
Nelson is widely expected to be challenged by Gov. Rick Scott, a race that will be nationally-watched and attract the interest of national groups like the Senate Leadership Fund.