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NRCC targeting four Florida Democrats with impeachment stance ads

Murphy, for one, has said repeatedly she does not support impeachment.

Republicans are launching digital social media ads in Florida challenging Democratic U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Charlie Crist, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala on their stances on the prospect of impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The 12-second ads seek to tie the four moderate Democrats in swing districts to the harsher rhetoric of their party’s left-wing and to demand that viewers ask the Congress members where they stand on the possibility of impeachment proceedings.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching 55 such ads throughout the country, aiming for Facebook users in the districts the campaign has targeted in the 2020 election.

Murphy, for one, has said repeatedly she does not support impeachment proceedings at this time. She is a co-chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, a moderate Democratic caucus of which Crist also is a member. That group had reportedly pressed Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take and hold the position she announced last week, in opposition of impeachment proceedings at this time.

Last fall Murphy and Crist won relatively easy 15-point re-elections in their districts, Florida’s 7th Congressional District in Orange and Seminole counties, and Florida’s 13th Congressional District in Pinellas County, respectively. Mucarsel-Powell defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Cubelo in a close contest for Florida’s 16th Congressional District in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Shalala won a fairly easy contest for the formerly Republican seat that opened in Florida’s 27th Congressional District in Miami-Dade.

The ads, which have no audio, begin with images of U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the freshman progressive Democrat from Michigan, with a pull-out text of a quote she stated at a rally, “We’re gonna impeach the mother f****r”, and of Pelosi, with a pull-out from her quote saying “Impeachment is not worth it.” [Pelosi actually said “He’s just not worth it,” referring to Trump.]

“Democrats are split on baseless impeachment talks,” the ad’s text states. “Ask Stephanie Murphy [or Charlie Crist, or Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, or Dona Shalala] where she [he] stands.”

“The socialist Democrats in Congress need to definitively state if they will stand up to the baseless attempts to impeach our president or if they will once again roll over for the extremists running their caucus,” NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer stated in a news release announcing the ads. “Instead of trying to overturn a legitimate and lawful election, these childish socialists should buckle their chinstraps and figure out how they will sell their socialist agenda in the American heartland.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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