Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto join ‘New Democracy,’ to win back middle-class voters – Florida Politics

Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto join ‘New Democracy,’ to win back middle-class voters

Two Central Florida first-year members of Congress — Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto — are joining former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis and a group of Democrats determined to extend the party’s reach to centrist voters.

In what reads like an update of the earlier center-leaning Democratic Leadership Council, New Democracy has the explicit mandate to expand the party’s appeal, both demographically and geographically.

Leading New Democracy is Will Marshall, president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute and a co-founder of the now defunct DLC, created in the aftermath of Walter Mondale‘s landslide 1984 loss to Ronald Reagan. Alumni include Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Florida’s Bob Buckhorn and Rick Kriseman.

“New Democracy is a ‘home base’ and support network for pragmatic Democrats determined to make our party competitive in every part of America,” Marshall said. “These leaders — governors, mayors, state officials and Members of Congress — know how to reach beyond core partisans and build governing majorities from the ground up,” he added.

Since Hillary Clinton‘s November defeat much has been made about the Democratic Party losing white, middle-class voters to Donald Trump, particularly in the industrial Midwest. In addition to losses in the House, Senate and White House to Republicans, Democrats have also dropped 900 seats in state legislatures over the past nine years.

Marshall said New Democracy will focus on four key priorities for building a bigger Democratic tent: reclaiming economic hope and progress; engaging voters across America’s cultural divides; decentralizing power to more effective and trusted local governments, and putting national and personal security first.

“Democrats don’t need to choose between center and left — we need to expand in all directions,” he added. “Building a broad coalition is the Party’s best chance of rectifying today’s dangerous imbalance of political power and stopping the harmful Trump-Republican agenda.”

Along with Florida Democrats enlisted to help guide New Democracy’s strategy is Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at


  1. The DLC and the Clinton “Third Way” is exactly why the democratic party has lost the middle class. Obviously, these people learned zero from the 2016 election. Be more progressive; not less if you want to motivate people to vote and win.

  2. I agree making ppl unwelcome because they don’t hold all our opinions is cutting our own throats.
    I’m a pro choice Democrate but there are alot of ppl that line up with Democrates that are pro life or pro guns. The mid West and southern states have grown up generationally hunting for food just like the farmers grew there own food. So the east and west coasts cant cast them aside or make them feel unwanted.
    New democracy sounds great hopefully they can welcome in ppl in the middle not far right or left. We need to learn to tell Americans that the democates are responsible for. ACA, Headstart, Wic, K 4, …I think we assume that everyone knows these things but they do not. I think allot of ppl didn’t even understand
    ACA and Obama Care was the same thing. Republicans have been knocking Obama Care since the beginning. We need to tell them what we are going to do. Become the leaders in renewable energy offering education at minimum wage to take these jobs. Minimum wages needs to be $15.00 an hour giving small businesses tax cuts to offset the rise of the minimum wage. Infrastructure – same thing as above. Making our bridges. Roads, dams, nuclear plants, grids with backup and protection from attack or solar blasts….pass new campaign finance guidelines, lobbyists out of Congress or any elections officials back pocket, new guidelines on being a canadate 10yrs Tax returns, college education in Accounting, Political Science, World History, American History,
    Southern States History, Indian History,
    Nepotism inforced no relatives. Not volunteers, not unpaid staff, not mice catcher…Strick emoluence clause. No money, gifts, donations, no business that would enhance wealth of any family or friends. Physical and mental examination by secret government physicians, fbi, cia, adult abuse registry, child abuse registry, legal issuesmost of these things done at announcement to run

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