In Florida, Sen. Bill Nelson’s wife, Elizabeth, is trying to help her husband’s reelection campaign by raising money to send to his Senate office.
Nelson, who was in the Florida legislature at the time, told The Associated Press he is grateful for the support, and has no plans to stop fighting to get his job back.
“I am glad the House has moved forward with the bill, I am grateful for our good relationships, I’m grateful for having a strong Senate majority, but I am not going to be able to run in the fall, or maybe even the spring, because of the delay in the Senate,” Nelson told the AP in an interview.
“So I’m just trying to be helpful, I think my role is just to keep them focused on the things they need to be focused on.
So I’m not going anywhere.
And I think we’ll all get back to work, and we’ll be able as a country to get to the Senate.”
In his first year as Florida’s governor, Nelson signed a measure to give the state $10 million to help pay for a new $500 million mold-making facility in Tallahassee.
The money would go toward making molding, fabricating parts, producing decorative items and developing a special mold that could be used in the state’s new state-of-the-art medical facility.
The governor, a Democrat, has made the state the top molding state in the country.
“We’ve been able to grow and develop this business, to have a new state facility that’s going to take care of the mold and mold-related jobs that we’re already doing,” Nelson said.
“And so it’s been really great for the state of Florida.”
Nelson is the second GOP incumbent to be replaced by a Democrat in 2018.
Charlie Crist, who lost to Republican challenger Patrick Murphy in November, was replaced by state Treasurer Dan Patrick in November after he said he didn’t want to spend taxpayer money on political fundraising.
Nelson, who won re-election in November by nearly 2 points, said he’s proud of his record, and his ability to work with lawmakers to achieve his legislative goals.
“If you go back and look at the things that I’ve accomplished as a legislator, I did a lot of good work on things like ending the drug trade, ending homelessness, protecting people who are in prison, and making sure that people have access to good healthcare, as well,” he said.
Nelly also noted that he has done the same work in other states, and the state has helped other governors in the past.
“What I’ve seen in my own career, is the good that’s been accomplished is reflected in the other governors who’ve been in the same position,” he added.
Nellington was elected in 2014 to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
He won rean election in 2016, and is running again in 2018 to be the next Republican senator.