We think Senator Bill Nelson is fantastic. He's a moderate voice in what has become an increasingly shrill and partisan echo chamber. We like that.
We also like that he's totally going to destroy -- just absolutely crush -- his miserably pathetic opposition in this senate race. We think that's just great, and have said so on these pages.
Funny enough, our friends over at Florida Politics beat us to the punch and posted on an issue we'd like to take with Senator Nelson: the fact that he has not donated nearly enough to what some have called "benchbuilding," or more precisely, to local Florida candidates. As of right now, he's donated a woefully anemic $250K to the Florida Democratic Party, and helped raise about another $30,000. That's after he's raised $18 million for his own race.
We may not be the best political minds of our time, but we feel fairly safe in saying that Nelson's going to win his race. We think he can afford to share a little love.
As the poster over at Florida Politics says, if he only gave just 10% of his haul, he'd be donating almost 2 million dollars. 2 million bucks donated to help candidates across the state, candidates that could use the help in a year when we are so close to taking back the House and Senate, we can taste it. 2 million bucks out of his pocket, which would leave him with 16 million -- plus whatever he'd continue to bring in.
Now, we saw an ad the other day for Nelson. In Spanish. And not to belittle the Spanish vote here in Florida -- it's important -- but if Bill Nelson can afford to spend money on ads in Spanish, we think he can afford a few million to candidates in races that could decide the makeup of the House of Representatives. Or even local races for State Senate and State House.
The logic of the Nelson Campaign is eluding us just a little bit. For what amounts to a pretty small price tag, he'd be more than the Senior Senator from Florida -- he'd be King of Florida, or at least King of the Florida Democrats.
So, it's win-win, as far as we're concerned. We can't understand why he wouldn't do it.
That's why we've decided to voice our concern to Senator Nelson. If you're reading this, take some time out of your day and thank Senator Nelson for his service to America. Then strongly encourage him to donate some of his cash to his fellow Democrats. It's only right. ts