Nikki Fried is ready to endorse House Democrats who protested congressional map
Easy decision to endorse, Fried says.

Fried
'This is one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.'

Endorsements from sitting legislators have been rare for Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in her bid for the Democratic nomination in the Governor’s race.

However, Fried is ready to endorse several House Democrats, she announced Friday.

Fried specifically extended endorsements and other political help to those Democrats who participated in an ultimately doomed sit-in protest of the Republican-leaning congressional redistricting map promulgated by Gov. Ron DeSantis and passed this week by the Legislature.

“Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions in politics. This is one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made,” Fried said in a statement from her campaign.

“Any member of the Florida House who stayed on the floor in protest of the racist, unconstitutional maps proposed by Ron DeSantis will receive an automatic endorsement from me. These brave members of the Legislature will receive funding from my political action committee, as well as any support I can provide, no matter who they run against, no matter the dynamics of their race,” Fried contended.

“I would like to say a special word of thanks to those with the courage to stand on the House floor in protest,” she added.

The House met in Special Session to consider a map (P 0109) submitted by Alex Kelly, DeSantis’ Deputy Chief of Staff. The map had already been passed by the Senate along party lines, with the goal being a product that DeSantis would sign, after he vetoed maps passed by the Legislature during the regular Session.

The protest began as Democratic debate time against the maps expired. Rep. Yvonne Hayes Hinson, a Gainesville Democrat, discussed the history of the Voting Rights Act and the historic oppression of Black voters as her microphone was silenced.

“We are abdicating our constitutional responsibility and subverting our power to him. He further complained that this inclination to spend other people’s …” Hinson said before being cut off.

Democrats from throughout the state participated in the protest. Reps. Travaris McCurdy and Carlos Guillermo Smith of Orlando, Tracie Davis and Angie Nixon of Jacksonville, Dotie Joseph of North Miami, Fentrice Driskell and Dianne Hart of Orlando, and House Democratic Leader Evan Jenne were just a few of the legislators participating in the extraordinary event.

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Jacob Ogles of Florida Politics contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

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


5 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    April 22, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    If I was a House Democrat in Florida, I would run as fast as I could from that mean spirited person. She is toxic and probably a detriment to anyone that accepts her endorsement.

  • Tom

    April 22, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Maybe they can use the nikki “tape” in the endorsement link. That should get some looks.
    U go girl!

  • Jay

    April 23, 2022 at 12:32 am

    (AP) Associated Press | NBCNews | Miami Herald
    In all, four Black legislators and a Hispanic representative — Hinson, Angie Nixon, Travaris McCurdy, Felicia Robinson and Daisy Morales — occupied the center of the chamber as bewildered Republicans looked on.

    Tampa Bay Times
    The members of the Democratic delegation sang: “We Shall Overcome.” Rep. Daisy Morales, an Orlando Democrat, held a sign that read: “Legislators serve the people. Not your party.”

  • Tom

    April 23, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Yawn jay.
    So? Who cares, they are just whining over political power.
    AP and Tampa times, really? They are liberal rag apologists.

    Trump carried 20 congressional districts, carried 53% vote. You know what, 20 congressional seats redrawn to new districts.

    Stop the crying. Wah.

    • Tom is dumb

      April 28, 2022 at 11:18 am

      Yeah maps based on gerrymandered but hey keep believing the lies

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