DCCC slams Vern Buchanan for caving to QAnon, siding with Marjorie Taylor Greene
Vern Buchanan does not trust the Chinese to be completely honest with the WHO..

National Democrats are apparently paying close attention to the Sarasota Republican's votes.

House Democrats’ political arm blasted Rep. Vern Buchanan’s vote against stripping Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of committee assignments.

A release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accused Sarasota Republican of caving to QAnon and supporting a 9/11 truther.

“Today, Rep. Buchanan caved to the extremist and dangerous online conspiracy within his party that resulted in the storming of the Capitol and the murder of a police officer and the maiming of dozens of others,” said DCCC spokesman Chris Taylor.

“Instead of standing with members of his own party and those across the aisle and holding Marjorie Taylor Greene accountable, Vern Buchanan chose to reward her, and Buchanan owns whatever comes next.”

The House voted 130-199 on Thursday to remove Greene from the House Budget and Education and Labor Committees. Eleven Republicans joined with Democrats in the vote, including Miami Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos Giménez and Maria Elvira Salazar, each citing tweets by Greene supporting conspiracy theories the Parkland shooting was planned.

But most Republicans argued Greene’s committee assignments should be the decision of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and her political fate the responsibility of voters in her Georgia House district. Buchanan has not commented on his vote against removing Greene from committees.

More interesting than the criticism of Buchanan’s vote, though, might be the timing. Buchanan has faced DCCC-backed opponents in several elections, his seat a long-coveted prize in Florida since he won it by a razor-thin 369-vote margin in 2006. While the DCCC hasn’t announced Buchanan as a target this cycle, the news release that singled out his vote shows interest.

In recent cycles, Buchanan has fended off Democrats with national support, most recently defeating Margaret Good in 2020 by an 11-percentage-point margin.

But neither side can properly assess Buchanan’s position in 2022 until the Florida Legislature completes its decennial redistricting process.

The DCCC did not appear to send out news releases attacking the other 12 Florida Republicans who voted against Greene’s committee ouster. But last week, the DCCC released a round of ads attacking seven Republicans who “stood with Q.”

That included a $500,000 ad campaign against Salazar, who was criticized for voting against the impeachment of former President Donald Trump for inciting the siege of The Capitol by right-wing extremists on Jan. 6.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Cynthia Gurin

    February 6, 2021 at 4:30 am

    So it occurred to me that it’s now been roughly nineteen and a half years since 9/11. That’s when government representatives confiscated every single security tape from every single building that might have caught the incoming attack on the Pentagon on film, including the Pentagon camera aimed right at the building.

    Didn’t they tell us they would release those films “soon”? Did they ever do that? Did I miss it? I remember seeing a partial film, from which for some unknown reason, multiple frames had been deliberately removed by the government before releasing it for public viewing, but I never saw the film with the missing images replaced. Did anyone else? Just curious.

    So based on this oddly phrased comment by the DCCC, (and for the record I am personally both appalled and repulsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene) I suppose that the DCCC’s intent was to suggest that anyone asking for actual facts, for actual truth about 9/11 (because much of what we’ve been fed so far has long since been proven to be scientific impossibilities), deserves to be denigrated as a “9/11 truther” ?

    And by the way… since when is asking to be told the truth a bad thing? Because it certainly appears as if we haven’t been.

    There’s a humorous adage comparing people to mushrooms, in that we’re both often kept in the dark and fed bullshit.

    Sometimes it feels as if that old adage was spot on.

  • Mojo Man

    February 6, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I remember sitting in a predominantly Democratic audience at the Van Wezel in SRQ for Vern’s one and only “Town Hall” since 2017as he asked a rightfully angry audience over Trump’s behavior to “give the guy a chance.”

    Well, we gave him four years and we are on the cusp of oligarchy, which is what of course Vern and his fellow grifter billionaires see as the true vision of this nation.

    I find it incomprehensible that the Democratic Party kicked Margaret Good under the bus the way they did. She would have been a fine representative for the 16th.

    Instead we have to live under this cockroach Buchanan.

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