New Lincoln Project spot lauds Val Demings, ties Marco Rubio to Donald Trump

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'Val Demings fights criminals. Marco Rubio defends them.'

The contrast ad is alive and well in the 2022 Senate race, with the former Republican ops at the Lincoln Project offering a straightforward spot.

Val Demings fights criminals,” the commercial concludes. “Marco Rubio defends them.”

The 60-second “Crime,” reported first by Gary Fineout, makes a mockery of the second-term Republican’s law-and-order bona fides, painting U.S. Sen. Rubio as a lackey for the legally compromised Donald Trump.

Happily, for swing voters targeted in various suburban areas throughout the state, Democrat Demings offers an alternative, according to the ad.

“Marco Rubio wants you to think crime is a top issue in this election,” a male narrator intones, over shots of Rubio that quickly segue into familiar images of the former President’s legal travails.

“So why does he spend so much time defending Donald Trump, who is at the center of 19 pending criminal and civil cases from tax fraud to stealing classified documents to trying to violently overthrow an election? Rubio backs Trump, not law and order.”

“He attacks the FBI and law enforcement,” the narrator bemoans. “So much for backing the blue.”

Conversely, “Demings will be everything Marco Rubio isn’t: hardworking, smart, effective, brave and strong enough to speak out in the face of injustice.”

“Val’s record of service, bravery and putting her life on the line for a safer Florida has always come down to doing the right thing.”

“Marco Rubio is blowing the crime dog whistle in his culture war campaign. Voters won’t miss the irony of his slavish defense of Donald Trump, a man facing a raft of criminal charges,” said Rick Wilson, co-founder of the Lincoln Project.

“Marco can’t even condemn someone who instigated an insurrection and has 19 criminal and civil cases against him. The truth is there is only one crime fighter in this race and its Val Demings. She’s proven her toughness throughout her career and deserves the support of every Floridian.”

The law-and-order issue is among the most litigated ones in the Senate race between Rubio and Demings, with the Senator capitalizing on law enforcement endorsements despite Demings’ career in law enforcement.

Rubio has been endorsed by the Florida Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Benevolent Association, 55 Florida Sheriffs, and the Florida Police Chiefs Association.

Demings has run statewide TV ads highlighting her law enforcement career, and presumably, the Lincoln Project spot helps to reinforce that message to potentially persuadable voters.

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


  • Hope

    October 12, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Val should fire her campaign manager and Marco send her a thank-you card. People are tired of the trashing of their opponents because they have not accomplished anything themselves and their party has spiraled so far downward that they can’t even depend on their party. Marco for the win by double digits!

    • Tom

      October 12, 2022 at 9:16 am

      Hope, yes as Lincoln should help dum, dum, Demings look for her firearm she misplaced. Joey corsin can assist her, as he is a street walker. Mayor Jerry the other half of the dum Demings team can assist Joey.

      • Joe Corsin

        October 12, 2022 at 10:10 am

        “Dum dum” and “Tropical 2 sea tornadocane” – Tom Dumbass

    • marylou

      October 12, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Like Marco, here’s another thief that you cheer for: “Oz has proposed a 20 PERCENT PAYROLL TAX. Oz … wants to increase taxes on lower- and middle-class Americans…to transfer money from workers to the Republican Party’s private insurance donors that have been reporting record profits ”
      —-Crooks and Liars, —-Forbes

  • Tom

    October 12, 2022 at 9:09 am

    No surprise.
    Desperation, deceitful, and demagoguery from the Lincoln predator organization. Lincoln use to suck the RNC nipple.

    Just a meaningless group, that lies.
    They hired fake KKK clansman with tiki torches, and it backfired allowing Youngkin to win in VA Govs race.

    Attacks on Rubio and DeSantis by this corrupt predator Org. fail.

    Lincoln’s goal is to throw darts at Republicans with the hope of being noticed. They ate irreverent as are the peeps who follow this clown show. LMAO.

    • Tom

      October 12, 2022 at 9:12 am

      Lincoln is irrelevant” as are the peeps who follow this clown show.

    • Joe Corsin

      October 12, 2022 at 10:12 am

      Biggest bunch of far right bullshit I’ve ever seen. Tom Dumbass is allowed to vote. This is the problem in America today. Stupid people voting for crooks because they don’t have the sense that God gave an ape.

      • Tom

        October 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

        LMAO, considering you are the master B.S’r. Shut the hell up you moron.

        • Charlie Crist

          October 12, 2022 at 12:24 pm

          👆 Gonna get a flying round house kick to the head if we find… gonna get a boot up the ass.

          • Tom

            October 12, 2022 at 1:54 pm

            Anytime you want to try PUD licker.
            You are a Pussy.
            Once again Joey you can’t hold a substantive dialogue. Just a joke.

  • Richard Bruce

    October 12, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Indigenous Republican Abraham Lincoln may rise from the grave and use his skills as a vampire hunter to smite this mis-named project from political existence.

  • PeterH

    October 12, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Today’s Republican Party needs to wake up! The Democratic Party needs to maintain common sense policies with moderation and avoid extremism.
    Independent voters are today’s voice of reason and decide elections.

    Gallop has polled nationally asking a simple question of Party affiliation….. here are the results:

    Democrats 27%
    Republicans 27%
    Independents 43%

    In Florida there are a total of 14,256,184 registered voters. Of this amount 4,143,819 are unaffiliated independent voters, 5,157,343 are Republicans and 4,955,022 are Democrats.

    Independent voters are generally moderate in fiscal issues, liberal in social issues and for the most part college educated. Appealing to the middle wins elections. Independent voters decide elections.

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!


  • marylou

    October 12, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Marco Rubio wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. If retirees want to keep their earned Social Security and Medicare insurance seniors need to pay attention to what Rubio’s party’s members are planning:
    “..Republican contenders to lead the House Budget Committee. They all said, with varying levels of specificity, that they plan to instigate a debt-ceiling standoff to force Biden to accept cuts to retirement and health-care programs, raising the eligibility age and imposing a means test for Social Security and Medicare benefits.” —-Intelligencer

    • Tom

      October 13, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Yeah the other incompetent from the McCain disaster, who recommended Sarah Palin as veep.

      Schmidt sucked on the RNC nipple too. Like Wilson, Galen, Stevens and others. Amazing how they have to work for a living.

      Towel boy peter h is a big advocate.
      Wilson is a fraudster, all these thieves have day coming.

      No one listens to Lincoln except FP staff and MsDNC morning “hoe” Joe and Mika.

      Lincoln is a predator Org.
      They got ass kicked in Virginia and will be duplicated in Florida.

      FP should be embarrassed by carrying them, but they allow Joey corsin and his aliases to engage in fake news too.

      Lincoln is a racist Org, bunch of losers. They’ve accomplished nothing but fraud.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 13, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Val Demmings should be picking cotton in Georgia, not running for office.

  • Yrral

    October 14, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Narco Polo, Google Marco Rubio Drug Cartel

  • Yrral

    October 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    (Impeach Biden,)you wonder why White Spiteful people like you are part of a old dying party Google GOP Old Dying Party

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