Do the Democrats really think this will work? Rubio has won two statewide general elections. He’s also bilingual, which appeals to the Hispanic population.
The Democrats have a “big-name candidate” to try to oust Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.
Florida’s 10th Congressional District Rep. Val Demings decided to run for the Senate seat instead of governor.
For months, Demings mulled which statewide office to pursue, but decided she could do the most good by taking on the two-term senator, according to several Democrats familiar with her thinking.
“I would’ve supported her running for governor, but this is the right fit for her and for us,” said Alex Sink, a former Florida chief financial officer who narrowly lost her 2010 bid for governor against Rick Scott, who is now a senator.
“She’s going to draw a contrast between who she is and how she represents Florida vs. Marco Rubio, who a lot of people where I live never see him.”
Sink said she was recently on a Zoom call with Demings and activists with Ruth’s List, the Florida-based organization dedicated to electing women who support abortion rights, and it was clear that she and national Democrats felt she would represent the party’s best chance to put Republicans on defense as they try to take back the U.S. Senate.
Ah, yes. A group that pushes for women who support infanticide. Always the people to trust.
Demings served as Orlando’s “first Black woman police chief.” She has been representing the city in Congress since 2016 where she sat on the first impeachment committee as the only non-lawyer.
Democrats floated Demings’ name as a possible running mate for then-candidate Joe Biden.
Oh, this is funny. One top advisor compared Demings to Rubio:
“She’s the daughter of a maid and a janitor who became the first Black woman police chief in Orlando. He’s the son of a maid and a bartender who’s a career politician.”
This top advisor “forgot” to mention Rubio’s parents fled Fulgencio Batista’s regime in Cuba two years before Fidel Castro took power.
Rubio’s maternal grandfather went back to Cuba in 1959 but fled Communist Cuba in 1962 without a visa. His mother went back to Cuba and his father planned to follow. But the communism influenced the family to stay in America.
I’m sure the top advisor did not mean to leave out that important information. Of course not.
But will this work? Marc Caputo at Politico made these points:
- Rubio has won two statewide general elections
- Rubio is bilingual, which makes him appealing to the Hispanic population
- The Hispanic population went Republican big time in the last general election
- 17% of the registered voters in Florida are Hispanic. 14% of the registered voters are black.
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