National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Thursday “I’m supporting incumbents,” when asked about chatter of Ivanka Trump mounting a primary challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
The NRSC typically supports Republican incumbents but Scott’s comments come as Trump has threatened to drive a wedge into GOP politics during the 2022 cycle, when Republicans are defending 20 seats.
Trump vowed as he departed Washington that he would “be back in some form.”
Asked if he thought Trump-backed primary challengers could make his job as campaign committee chairman harder, Scott predicted that the 2022 cycle would be focused on the GOP vs. President Biden.
“Part of what I’m trying to do is get everybody to focus on, you know, what the difference is between Republicans and Democrats.
Scott is one of eight GOP senators who supported at least one challenge to the Electoral College vote during Congress’s tallying of the results on Jan. 6 and 7.
Scott voted for the challenge to Pennsylvania’s Electoral College results, an objection that was formally made after rioters stormed the Capitol.
Scott, who noted that he’s spoken to hundreds of donors since becoming NRSC chairman, said he didn’t regret his vote.