[ Update] How Hurricane Michael Crashed Florida’s Political Scene ❌[ Today’s News ]

[ Update] How Hurricane Michael Crashed Florida’s Political Scene ❌[ Today’s News ]

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How hurricane Michael crashed Florida’s political scene Governor Rick Scott announced on Monday a personal break from campaign events in his bid for the US Senate due to Hurricane Michael the latest political fallout from the powerful storms destructive past through the Florida, Panhandle But the Scott campaign will move forward without the candidate Even the announcement of Scott’s time out didn’t miss an opportunity to call his rival Democrat US Senator Bill Nelson a walking advertisement for term limits Nelson’s team responded by asserting that the put-down is proof Scott continues to campaign The category four hurricane last week disrupted two of the nation’s most consequential races Florida Governor US Senate by forcing strategists to balance the need to exhibit Competence and empathy in the face of a crisis with the need to woo voters in a hard-fought campaign Republican strategist Justin Saifi said helping with rescue and recovery efforts should be the top priority for public officials But he acknowledged that the storm of this magnitude has remade this elections politics I Don’t know if it’s ever going to be tasteful to talk politics in the Western ban handle region of the state before the election Safee said the storm wall ready postponed Tuesday’s scheduled debate between Scott and Nelson this weekend Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gilliam the Democratic nominee for governor said he would skip Tuesday’s highly anticipated gubernatorial Debate against Republican Ron DeSantis to focus on recovery in the state capital which endured power outages Scott and Gilliam have found ways to campaign by surrogate Scott enlisted his wife First Lady Anne Scott to stump in his place on Monday gillum’s running mate Chris King stopped in Tampa to criticize DeSantis were lacking a health care proposal and Despite their supposed sabbaticals Scott and Gilliam have enjoyed media exposure. That would be the envy of any campaign From the moment Hurricane Michael formed Scott was constantly in front of television cameras He gave frequent updates from the Emergency Operations Center for local reporters and to national cable networks And he has remained in the limelight after from surveying damage with president Donald Trump on Monday to welcoming first responders to sleep in the governor’s mansion Gilliam has jumped from event to event and functioned as the city’s spokesman before the storm He filled and delivered sandbags visited shelters gave news conferences and made more than a dozen appearances on national television on Thursday after the storm hit he began the day by giving an interview with a national radio program Then it was a morning briefing with the county’s emergency management meeting with electric line workers around the city Speaking with the governor then doing four more national TV appearances. That was all before 1 p.m Then he spent an hour in the afternoon Wielding a chainsaw issued by the city Slicing up downed tree branches on an empty road 10 minutes from the Capitol no one was there besides his city chief of staff an aide a reporter and a cameraman working for his campaign for governor as He wiped his head with a towel Gilliam dismissed the idea that he was posturing for his campaign He lamented there with me all the time Unfortunately, he added I don’t believe we all put this on television Absent campaign events Nelson and De Santis have been forced to compete for attention Nelson toured Tyndall Air Force Base on Sunday morning to witness firsthand the destruction caused by hurricane Michael he vowed Congress would pay to rebuild it DeSantis who quit his job as a congressman in August went on Fox News Wednesday and was asked about those that show him trailing gilliam In these elections people start to focus I think around this time He said we’re going to be able to get on the debate stage together very soon But DeSantis hopes were dashed Sunday when Gilliam canceled Tuesday’s Telemundo debate in Orlando The Santa’s skipped previously scheduled fundraisers and converted three stump speeches into hurricane relief drives where his campaign collected two u-haul trucks of water food diapers and other necessities to be delivered to the Panhandle, but despite their promises to remove Auntie Gilliam attack ads during the storm the Republican Party only partially succeeded in getting ads in the storm affected areas taken down according to Politico Florida while the Democrats attack ads went dark in the Panhandle by Monday DeSantis was back on the trail at a Miami campaign event with US Senator Marco Rubio by Steve contorno Tampa Bay Times order reprint of this story October 15 2018 8:24 p.m Updated October 16th 2018 10:23 a.m Herald Times reporters emily mahoney lawrence mower and miami herald staff writer David, smiley contributed to this report Thank you for watching the video if you like or like share and do not forget to subscribe to support the channel Comment on your comments below about this video for me. 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