FL Sen. Rick Scott quarantines following a Georgia campaign event for two pivotal U.S Senate seats

Florida's U.S. Sen. Rick Scott attended a campaign event for Georgia GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, at a crowded Forsyth County sports grill on Friday (Nov. 13). Credit: Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder

Republican U.S. Senator Rick Scott of Florida tweeted Saturday that he is “immediately” quarantining following a Georgia campaign event related to pivotal U.S. Senate seats.

Former governor and current Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott of Florida. Official Senate portrait; U.S. Senate website.

Scott was at a packed sports bar on Friday in Forsyth County, north of Atlanta, according to the Georgia Record, an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom. (The Florida Phoenix is also a part of the States Newsroom.)

Scott was there to support GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, whose runoff races could control the political fate of the U.S. Senate.

The Record wrote:

“The pivotal race for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats stopped by a Cumming (in Forsyth) restaurant Friday afternoon as hundreds of supporters gathered to hear Florida’s U.S. Sen. Rick Scott try to energize voters for his Georgia colleagues, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

“How do we win these elections? It’s votes,” Scott said. ‘The moment you can vote, go vote. The moment you can get your friend to go vote, make sure they go vote. We need to do everything we can to get our votes in as early as possible. We’ve got to do this all across the state. The Democrats believe this is their chance. If they win the Senate, think of all the bad stuff they can pass.’”

Scott also delivered a “message to the crowd from the president,” according to the Recorder:

“The president wants to tell you he loves Georgia, he wants to make sure every legal vote is counted,” Scott said. “He remains optimistic, but he knows this is a lot of work to do, and he’s very appreciative of what all of you have done to try to make sure we keep this country in the right direction.”

Following the event, Scott tweeted:

“After arriving in Florida last night, I came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID,” Scott wrote in his twitter feed. “I was tested this (Saturday) morning and the result was negative. I have no symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution, I will be immediately quarantining.”

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.