‘Such nonsense’: Blue Dog Democrats officially repudiate Kim Daniels
Rep. Kim Daniels is ready for the primary ahead.

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Democrats move to dump Daniels; GOP has her back.

In response to a Jacksonville Democrat’s claim that she’s a Blue Dog Democrat, the actual Blue Dog Caucus reached out to say no.

State Rep. Kim Daniels, facing a spirited primary challenge again in 2020, said she was a “Blue Dog” on a Zoom call Thursday.

However, she was rebuked over the weekend by the coalition of centrist congressional Democrats.

“Kim Daniels is no blue dog. We would never endorse such nonsense. Ever,” said U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, chair of the Blue Dog PAC.

The Blue Dog PAC includes Democrats in Congress, with Florida’s Stephanie Murphy and Charlie Crist among them.

The Jacksonville Democrat saw primary opponent Angie Nixon endorsed by some candidates for office in other parts of the state.

Daniels. an evangelist who is socially conservative on abortion and prayer issues, seemed to suggest during the “When Women Pray” call that the endorsements for Nixon from Bob Lynch and Adam Christensen didn’t matter, as she is a “Blue Dog Democrat.”

“God didn’t save me to serve a party,” the incumbent said. “I am a Blue Dog Democrat. I don’t need people who don’t look like me, that don’t understand my community defining how I should respond to a situation like this.”

“I can’t get my job done just with black people,” Daniels added. “I work with white people. I work with Republicans.”

“I’m not going to call white people crackers behind their back,” she added. “How can I walk in power if I am a hypocrite behind the scenes?”

“Those that are complaining and getting nothing done,” she added, “are nothing but a distraction.”

The Blue Dogs may not want her. But the GOP does.

Daniels is backed by key Republicans, including future House Speaker Paul Renner and outgoing Appropriations Chair Travis Cummings.

Democrats who want a more doctrinaire person in the seat will make hay of that. Will voters care though?

Daniels forecast a primary challenge months back.

“There is no fair place for a person of faith in the Democratic Party,” Daniels said, saying that her critics. “they need to ask why they are losing. Why they can’t raise money.”

While it remains to be seen if anti-Daniels Democrats can match the soft money from Republicans, it appears they are sick of losing and will drive a competitive campaign on the August ballot.

With no Republican running, the closed Democratic primary will likely be decisive, even as a write-in candidate is currently file.

In 2018, Daniels defeated former Duval County School Board chair Paula Wright in an open primary. Establishment Democrats hope the draw is better for them this time.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


5 comments

  • Frankie M.

    June 5, 2020 at 10:19 am

    She is a sad excuse for a politician is what she is.

    • Just sayin'

      June 8, 2020 at 10:39 am

      “A sad excuse for a politician” is a compliment for most people. I guess an “excellent politician” is one who does nothing but what the party wants (especially if they’re black).

  • Sad Dems

    June 5, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    They need to get over it. Kim Daniels will be re-elected. And she’ll be elected to higher office after the House.

  • Florida Voice for the Unborn

    June 8, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Rep. Kim Daniels showed an immense amount of courage when she gave her very moving testimony on the House floor earlier this year during the debate over legislation requiring parental consent prior to a minor obtaining an abortion. While Florida Voice for the Unborn does not get involved in electoral politics, we nonetheless applaud Rep. Daniels for her pro-life stance and sincerely hope that voters in her district will reward her for standing up for precious unborn babies and their mothers.

    • True Democrat

      June 13, 2020 at 3:07 am

      “While Florida Voice for the Unborn does not get involved in electoral politics, we nonetheless applaud Rep. Daniels for her pro-life stance and sincerely hope that voters in her district will reward her for standing up for precious unborn babies and their mothers.”

      Looks very much here like you’re involved in politics up to your neck…and a hypocrite, as well, just like Kim Daniels who’d had an abortion without parental consent. You should be ashamed, but I’ll not wait around to see that.

      Is your reputed sense of ethics & morality revolve around what is convenient enough for you to overlook a state rep who uses campaign funds for her personal gain, repudiates the Jewish and other faiths and is glad for slavery? A state rep who doesn’t believe in following the Constitutional separation of church & state? Apparently so. The politics of “convenience.”

      Vote for Angie Nixon in the primary!

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