Val Demings sees Marco Rubio as ‘desperate’ to get reelected
Squeaky wheel: Val Demings is pushing infrastructure money to plug oil leaks.

'Desperate people do and say desperate things.'

U.S. Rep. Val Demings faced the media in a virtual call Wednesday, and the new Senate candidate addressed fresh attacks from Sen. Marco Rubio.

The Republican incumbent blasted Demings as a “do-nothing House member” in the wake of her Senate campaign launch Wednesday, and the congressional Democrat responded in kind.

“Desperate people do and say desperate things,” Demings said of Rubio in response to Florida Politics’ question, and welcoming the opportunity to contrast her record with Rubio’s “any day, any time, any place.”

Throughout the call, Demings painted Rubio as a no-show incumbent who “did not show up” for the people of Florida and is “afraid of the tough fights.” Demings described herself, meanwhile, as “laser-focused” on the battles in the House of Representatives.

Demings slashed Rubio as a career politician, “a politician since 1998,” whose positions on issues are malleable.

“My career of service did not begin in the House of Representatives,” Demings noted. “Marco Rubio’s career of public service obviously began when he was elected to public office. Mine did not.”

Demings was a career police officer, rising through the ranks in Orlando to Chief before launching her second career as a politician, running and winning in Florida’s 10th Congressional District. And she slammed Rubio for contending she was part of the “defund the police” movement for listening to arguments from all sides last summer.

“Marco Rubio may not be interested in what people say, but I certainly am,” Demings contended.

Demings brought the heat on the call, hours after Rubio offered his own denunciation of the new Democratic candidate.

“I’ve always known that my opponent for the Senate was going to be a far-left, liberal Democrat,” Rubio said, drawling just a bit in the intro. “Today, we’ve just found out which one of them Chuck Schumer picked.”

Demings is a “do-nothing House member,” Rubio intoned, jabbing his finger, “without a single significant legislative achievement during her time in Congress.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • joey

    June 9, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Hey Rubio do you ever do anything for the working class in Florida? Anything?

  • Tom Palmer

    June 9, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Hey, muchacho, you got anything but cliches to defend your record?

  • PeterH

    June 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Personally, after January 6th and Marco Rubio’s subsequent vote to table an investigation of the GQP’s terrorist insurrection and attempted coup, I will never again vote for any Republican.

    Join us at the Lincoln Project and help us plan new strategies to destroy what is left of the Republican Party ….. so it can be rebuilt from the ground up. See this recent video:
    The Lincoln Project
    The real ANTIFA

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew Wilson, Wes Wolfe, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn