Rick Scott has no opinion about Sean Parnell, a Senate candidate accused of strangling his wife
“You might be head of the [National Republican Senatorial Committee], charged with getting Republicans elected to the Senate,” stated Keilar. “Sean Parnell’s dealing with allegations from his spouse he strangled her and abused considered one of their young children. Is he nonetheless the correct candidate?”
To which Scott stated this:
“As you recognize, we’ve Republican and Democrat primaries throughout the nation and in Pennsylvania, we’ve — each Republicans and Democrats have primaries, and so we’ll see who comes out of the first. Info will come out, we’ll discover out what folks suppose.”
Keilar pushed Scott, noting that the allegations surrounding Parnell are excessive. “I am not supporting or opposing folks in major,” he advised her.
Which, nicely, OK?
Scott has been religious in insisting for the reason that begin of this election cycle that his committee won’t become involved in primaries — letting Republican voters select their candidates relatively than dictate picks from Washington.
Which, in idea, is sensible provided that the Republican base hates Washington and the get together institution.
Besides that that is the fashionable model of the Republican Social gathering. And there are not any indicators Donald Trump is planning to stroll away from Parnell even with the allegations in opposition to him.
The larger downside for Republicans is that if Parnell winds up profitable the Senate major, which, due to Trump’s endorsement, he in all probability begins because the front-runner, these allegations have the potential to complicate an already-difficult seat for the get together to carry. (Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is just not operating once more.)
The Level: Scott is aware of all of this. However he additionally is aware of that getting crosswise with Trump — by criticizing a candidate the previous President has endorsed — is unhealthy for his personal private politics and for his get together’s possibilities on the Senate majority. So, he stays aggressively uninvolved.