Party line call leads to ethics gripe against Val Demings
Val Demings faces some ethics troubl;e. Image via AP.

"Here I am stuck in a markup in Judiciary," the candidate told Duval Dems.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, reportedly faces an ethics complaint about mixing political business and policy work.

Fox News Digital reports that the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust dinged Demings for doubling up deliberations in the House Judiciary Committee with a less-than-urgent Zoom call with Democrats in Duval County.

“Not only was this incident an embarrassing moment for [Demings], and for the House, but a serious rules violation appears to be present as well,” tut-tutted the right-of-center whistleblowers.

In early April, U.S. Rep. Val Demings participated in a Zoom call with the Duval County Democratic Black Caucus, a call made from a car, most likely from Washington.

It was soon enough clear why Demings was in such awkward circumstances; she was also participating remotely in a committee hearing, as we reported at the time.

Demings bashed Sen. Marco Rubio as “somebody who picks winners or losers,” her statement seemingly interrupted as she cast a vote on a different phone line. “I’m running against somebody who doesn’t show up for work.”

“Of course, I’ve been looking so forward to being with the Duval Caucus, and here I am stuck in a markup in Judiciary, so I apologize for the background noise, but of course, I am also listening to the hearing there, so I know when it is time for me to vote,” Demings says in a recording, obtained by FACT.

“You all know my opponent in this race, someone who votes against things that are good for Florida,” the FACT transcript continued. “Someone that really doesn’t … Excuse me, I am waiting for my name to be called. Someone who does not believe in climate change, he says winter, spring, summer, and fall. I’m running against someone who likes to pick winners and losers based on their ability to pay to play. Hold on just a second. No, no. OK, I’m sorry; thank you all so much. Um, and also, my opponent doesn’t like showing up for work.”

We reached out to the Demings and Rubio campaigns for commentary on the ethics complaint Saturday night before publication.

The Rubio campaign offered this: “In less than one year, Val Demings has racked up an eye-popping four ethics violations — and Washington Democrats are letting her get away with it. Floridians deserve better than a Pelosi Puppet who will consistently bend the rules to promote her own political future.”

The Demings campaign has yet to comment.

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


  • Clear the Prop

    May 9, 2022 at 5:22 am

    “Ethics gripe”, “tut-tutted”–four ethics violations in a Democrat-led environment! And then you report, “The Demings campaign has yet to comment.”
    The way you spin things, AG, you should have a beany with a propeller on the top of your head. You couldn’t be more ludicrous!

  • Fresh off

    May 9, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Rubio still unpacking his stuff off the boat from cuba? Lol

    • Impeach Biden

      May 9, 2022 at 6:39 am

      So? Your party is allowing millions to enter illegally from the Southern Border. You are okay with that right? Rubio is a legal US citizen by the way.

  • Timber

    May 9, 2022 at 8:47 am

    “The southern border”

    The funniest part of that is watching the governor there try to stop it when he could not even stop a tree lol

  • Edward Harrison

    May 10, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    What a crock. At least she wasn’t using insider information to trade stocks from the committee room as countless Republicans have done and still do every day. When is the right-wing media going to stop holding Democrats to this angelic standard, while at the same time letting Republicans literally get away with murder?

  • Matthew Lusk

    May 12, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Vampire Val is an over-rated security guard at best.

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