By Matt Dixon (Politico) –
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott made his long-awaited Senate candidacy official Monday, setting up an epic battle against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson and testing the limits of whether a close alliance with President Donald Trump is political poison or a pathway to success in the nation’s biggest swing state.
Scott has never shied away from his friendship with Trump — who has repeatedly urged him to run against Nelson, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat. And regardless of the constant string of White House controversies, Scott has distanced himself from the president only to the mildest of degrees.
But the self-made Scott, who was born poor and raised in public housing, then won the Florida governor’s mansion as a political novice, wants everyone to know that he’s his own man.