Bill Nelson

Florida gov could get political boost for leadership in Irma

Standing tall in a NAVY cap, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be an enduring image from Hurricane Irma. Seemingly everywhere but the eye of the storm, he was there on social media urging millions to evacuate, calmly taking charge at emergency briefings, even delivering early word of devastation in the Keys after a much publicized flyover.

Politically, that image of calm before the storm couldn't come at a better time for Scott.

Nearing the end of his second term, the conservative Republican has some of his highest approval ratings as he contemplates challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in next year's election. Even Democrats acknowledge Scott did a good job communicating...

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