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Darryl Rouson endorses Mike Bloomberg

It’s the latest Bloomberg endorsement from the African American community.

Sen. Darryl Rouson is backing Mike Bloomberg for President, Bloomberg’s campaign announced this week.

Rouson is the first state Senator to back Bloomberg.

“Mike Bloomberg has a proven record of bringing people together and tackling the issues that matter here in Florida,” Rouson said“He has a proven record on ending gun violence, investing in infrastructure, and creating jobs. His plan to invest $70 billion in the African American community is bold and better than any I have seen from our candidates. I am proud to support Mike, and know that he is the best candidate to beat Donald Trump.”

Rouson specifically tied his endorsement to Bloomberg’s Greenwood Initiative. That plan includes policies aimed at finding economic justice for black Americans. His plan would help black families create generational wealth through homeownership, spur the creation of 100,000 new African American businesses and invest $70 billion in a national initiative to turn around 100 of the country’s most disadvantaged communities, his campaign said.

The endorsement is also timely as Bloomberg continues to build momentum in the African American community by ramping up appearances by black surrogates and scooping up new endorsements from black leaders.

The campaign took a hit earlier in the week when audio surfaced from a 2015 talk in which Bloomberg defended his controversial “stop and frisk” program that disproportionately affected communities of color.

Earlier Thursday, Bloomberg’s campaign announced a major television ad buy in 26 states including Florida touting his work as New York City Mayor on lifting up minority-owned businesses.

Rouson’s endorsement comes after former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James, and Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook endorsed Bloomberg.

House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, an African American lawmaker and top Democrat in the House, has also endorsed Bloomberg.

Sen. Rouson has represented Florida’s 19th Senate District since 2016, after serving four terms in the House.

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Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Bob

    February 13, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Some evidence would be nice. Democrats are corrupt and are poisonous to taxpayers and their families. Be it Joe Biden, Sanders, Pete or Elizabeth Warren. They all follow the left’s radical hyena’s of Nancy Pelosi, Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Al Green, AOC, Rashid Talib, Ayanna Pressley, llhan Omar, Val Deming, and Hakeem Jeffries.

    If you vote Democrat, this is what you’ll get….

    Democrat Goals & Platform:
    -Late term abortions up to 9 months.
    -Opposed to ANY voter ID Laws.
    -Weaken our Military.
    -The Green new deal.
    -Free medicare care for all including illegal alienss (taxpayer funded with a 52 trillion price tag)
    -Free college for all, including illegal aliens. (tax payer funded)
    -Disarming Americans.
    -Non citizens allowed to hold public office.
    -Socialism.
    -Reparations.
    -Massive tax increases.
    -Open Borders.
    -Sanctuary Cities.
    -Decriminalize illegal entry into our country.
    -De-fund & terminate Border Patrol & ICE.
    -End all deportations of illegal aliens (if you get here, you stay.)
    -Drivers licenses for illegal aliens.
    -Voting rights for illegal aliens.
    -Welfare & Food Stamps for illegal aliens. (Warren/Sanders)
    *View their speeches / debates on you tube or the candidates websites.*

    Confucius say —Showing facts to a liberal will achieve the same reaction as showing a crucifix to a vampire.

  2. jon

    February 15, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Rouson is a womanizing crackhead!

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