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Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson trashes Obama in private meeting

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida reportedly railed against President Barack Obama for becoming a party liability during a private caucus meeting Thursday.

Politico reported Friday morning that Nelson blamed Obama for creating a toxic political environment for Democrats in Florida and nationwide in the private meeting of top Democratic senators Thursday.

Nelson’s actions could be his attempt to start distancing himself from Obama before he goes up for reelection in 2012. The Palm Beach Post reported that Florida’s Republican Party is chomping at the bit for Nelson’s Senate seat, mainly because he’s the last remaining Democrat in a top-ranking spot from the state.

The Democratic Party of Florida did not return requests for comment on Nelson’s remarks, nor did several outgoing Democratic Representatives from the Sunshine State.

One such potential suitor for the Senate seat, Florida’s Senate President Mike Haridopolos, told The Daily Caller he’s glad Nelson finally spoke out about the president but said he hopes the senator will start demonstrating his change of heart with his actions and votes, too.

“Up to this point, he [Nelson] has been lock-step with President Obama,” Haridopolos said in a phone interview. “He voted for the stimulus, he voted for the health-care bill. I’m glad he’s saying something right now but his actions show that he is tied to President Obama at the hip.”

Another potential 2012 candidate is Florida’s other sitting U.S. senator, George Lemieux. Lemieux was appointed to the Senate after longtime Sen. Mel Martinez retired and Sen.-elect Marco Rubio will fill his spot in January. A spokesperson for Lemieux did not return TheDC’s request for comment.

Haridopolos said he has yet to make a final decision as to whether he’ll run against Nelson for the Sunshine State’s Senate seat in 2012, but that he has received many phone calls from voters urging him to run.

“It’s going to depend on who in Florida wants me to run,” Haridopolos said. “At this point, most of the people I’ve talked to have said that they would strongly support me.”

He said many people in Florida feel deserted by the Democratic leadership in Washington.

“Most Democrats I speak to say, you know, they didn’t leave the Democratic Party, but the Democratic Party left them,” Haridopolos said. “They have moved hard to the left. The way Senator Nelson has voted the last two years, he has done the same. He has fully embraced President Obama.”

Many of those callers urging him to run, he told TheDC, are urging him to run based on his support for programs at NASA.

“He [Nelson] has allowed NASA to be destroyed,” Haridopolos said. “That’s 20,000 jobs, let alone the more important component which is national security. That’s why, I think, people who have been long-time Bill Nelson supporters are calling people like me and saying we want you to challenge Bill Nelson because he’s not standing up for Florida.”

Nelson’s staff did not return TheDC’s requests for comment.

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  • oldguy5

    I guess maybe the 23 democrat senators up for re-election in 2012 are maybe seeing the light. I wonder how much power Reid will have in the senate if the moderate dems come back to the center and actually vote with republicans? Republicans could in fact control the senate as well as the house.

    Hmmmm – interesting!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe Astroturf

    This guy was for Obamacare all the way. Had no problem when Barney Frank and his boyfriend from Fanny Mae sodomized the American people. Let’s remember in 2012.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo

    Here’s a verse

    The real teabaggers are Barnie and the safe school czar
    Your kids aren’t safe in a bus or car
    Jennings might not report it if their molested at a bus station
    lets hope he don’t have Nambla take them on vacation

    Britain will have company as they ration mammograms and cortisone
    The U.S. is now joining them so they won’t be alone
    Bill Ayers his hero and Jarrets slum lord bets
    Mine our Gerald Walpin , Private Long and the Swift Boat vets
    I know him and his czars think this songs not balanced and fare
    We just want nothing to do with that trainwreck Obamacare

  • loudog

    So now Politico is worth listening to? Ok.

    The Space Shuttles demise was already done before Obama was elected and the free enterprise plan for commercial space flight is suprisingly resisted by “conservatives” in favor of a huge government program. Interesting.

  • student1776

    It is the natural order of things for ideologically based groups to consistently move to the extreme because ideology is driven by consistency. Hence liberals are trumped by progressives are trumped by socialists are trumped by Marxists are trumped by Communists. Obama is the logical product of this. He, Pelosi, and Reid are the farthest left, supported by the far left safe districts and slowly the party moves under their sway. Solzhenitsyn illustrated this very nicely in his classic “Lenin in Zurich”.