Florida GOP: Delaying vote on Kavanaugh helps Republicans

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia gives the opening speech at the Sunshine Summit held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 13, 2015. Republican Presidential candidates give their campaign speeches at the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia gives the opening speech at the Sunshine Summit held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida on Friday, November 13, 2015. Republican Presidential candidates give their campaign speeches at the Republican Party of Florida's Sunshine Summit.
Published July 11 2018
Updated July 11 2018

Florida Republicans called on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson Wednesday to support President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz and state GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia said rank-and-file Florida Republican voters are energized by Trump's pick. Gaetz said the D.C. appellate judge has a track record of supporting limited government regulation of business and that

"it's clear he will defend unborn life."

"The base is extremely excited about this opportunity," said Ingoglia, who cited a new Tarrance poll of Florida voters that showed 56 percent are supportive of Nelson voting to confirm Trump's nominee.

The poll was conducted by the Tarrance Group for a pro-life organization, Susan B. Anthony List.

Nelson's first statement, immediately after the pick was announced, took a wait-and-see approach.

Ingoglia dismissed the idea that in a very close Senate race between Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott, no-party voters, many of whom are young, may lean pro-choice and prefer a senator who opposes Kavanaugh. Many no-party voters stay home in midterm elections in Florida, Ingoglia said.

"The longer Democrats drag this out, the better it is for Republicans," Ingoglia said.

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