Gun safety advocacy group, Giffords, endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s U.S. Senate bid

The former Congresswoman has worked with the gun safety advocate group for years.

One of the nation’s most prominent gun safety advocate groups is endorsing former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s campaign for Senate.

Giffords, where Mucarsel-Powell worked after leaving Congress, will back the Miami Democrat as she challenges Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.

The group’s founder, former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, offered high-praise to Mucarsel-Powell.

“Florida has been home to some of the worst instances of gun violence in American history, yet leaders across the state continue to put their political interests over public safety. It’s time we send committed gun safety champions to Washington instead — starting with my friend Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,” the Arizona Democrat said.

“I am incredibly proud to endorse Debbie because I have seen the passion she brings to this fight. In Congress, she was a leading voice for gun violence prevention and helped pave the way for historic progress in the fight to save lives. For the past two years, we have also been lucky to have Debbie leading our work in the Sunshine State as a vital part of the GIFFORDS team. In this role, she’s been unparalleled in her efforts to bring communities together and make real change for everyday Floridians. As a mother and as a survivor of gun violence herself, I know that Debbie will always put the safety of our children and families first. With her leading the way in the Senate, real progress will be possible.”

Mucarsel-Powell was a top recruit for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She unseated Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in 2018, a couple of years before being defeated by Miami-Dade Mayor and now-U. S. Rep. Carlos Giménez, a Republican.

It’s not a complete shock that Giffords as an organization will back Mucarsel-Powell

After her time in Congress, Mucarsel-Powell joined Giffords as a senior advisor. Last year, she launched and helped lead the organization’s first state-level program in Florida.

When Mucarsel-Powell was 24, her father, Guido Mucarsel Yunes, was shot and killed outside his home in Ecuador. When she launched her campaign for Senate this week, she stressed how that experience shaped her life.

“I lost my own father to gun violence. That’s why l fight every day to keep our children and our communities safe,” she said in a campaign video. “And I’m not afraid to take on Rick Scott or anyone that doesn’t put Florida first.”

Giffords herself survived a shooting in 2011, when a gunman at a Tucson town hall event attempted to assassinate the Congresswoman. The shooter killed six others, including a federal judge, a 9-year-old girl and one of Giffords’ staffers.

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].


  • Impeach Biden

    August 23, 2023 at 7:16 am

    I’ll never forget Mucarsel-Powell running around that detention center in Homestead along with fellow lunatics Wasserman-Schultz and Shalala while Trump was President screaming “the kids are in cages”. The effort lead nationally by wacko AOC. Funny how that all died down after Trump was gone and yet nothing is said with the same thing going on now, only much larger with the Incompetent in Chief currently running the country.

  • Earl Pitts "Loves All Americans" American

    August 23, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Good mornting America,
    Today I, Earl Pitts American, am providing free political advice to my many beloved friends who identify as Democrats. FYI – only a true political genious like myself has the superior ability to effectively advise both political parties.
    And here’s the proof:
    Giffords is a relic from the past who is no longer relevant enough to impact today’s Dook 4 Brains Leftist Voters in order to have any impact to their attack on Rick Scott’s Senate seat. Giffords is from the pre-woke generation and as such no longer is able to present herself as an assett to Mucarsel-Powell’s Senate bid.
    Maybe y’all would do better getting your Dook 4 Brains Vice President to endorse Mucarsel-Powell. Or maybe good ‘Ole Uncle Joe … no wait … scratch that … not helpfull … stick with Kamalla.
    See America I, Earl Pitts American, dont mind providing free samples of my genious abilities to provide top-notch political advice to my friends on the left. I have lots of leftist friends who love and respect me. How else do you think I have become “America’s Go To Political Guru”?
    And to my friends on the left look at what I, Earl Pitts American, just gave you … thats right folks … follow Earl’s above wisdom and you got Rick Scott’s Senate seat 100%.
    Thank you America,
    * Back Story: Dont whizz off me, Earl Pitts American, if you want to keep your Senate Seat. Earl will take you down with an “R” or a “D” by your name. #earldontcare *

  • Michael K

    August 23, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    Perhaps if you were shot in the face and faced a long and dofficult road to regain basic functions, you might think differently about the gun manufacturing lobby that owns the Republican Party. No other developed nation on the planet has a gun problem like the US. It’s insane. Gabby Giifords and her husband, Sen Mark Kelly, are true patriots. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio are cowards. We’re long overdue for sensible reform.

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