Val Demings backs Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Senate
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The Democratic nominee in 2022 wants her former colleague to serve that role this cycle.

Former U.S. Rep. Val Demings did not win her Senate race in 2022. But she thinks former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell can do the job in 2024.
The Orlando Democrat formally endorsed her old Congressional colleague for Senate in 2024 against incumbent U.S. Sen. Rick Scott.
“Having served alongside Debbie for years in Congress and on the Judiciary Committee, I’ve witnessed her fierce dedication to public service and tireless advocacy for Floridians across the state firsthand,” Demings said.
“From her work keeping our communities safe to her leadership on health care and affordability, Debbie has proven time and time again that, unlike Rick Scott, she is a true champion for our communities. I am thrilled to endorse my dear friend and colleague Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in her run for Senate. Debbie has never backed down in the fight for working families, and her will to defend Floridians’ freedoms is exactly what we need in the U.S. Senate. Together, we will propel Debbie to victory this November.”
Mucarsel-Powell embraced the support.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to have the support of someone who I have the privilege of calling my dear friend, Chief Val Demings, whose unwavering commitment to public safety, civil rights, and justice has always inspired me,” the Miami Democrat said.
“Her endorsement means the world to me and is a testament to our shared dedication to serving the people of Florida and moving the state forward in 2024. Chief Demings knows as well as anyone that Rick Scott’s lack of leadership is a roadmap to failure for our state. But with her support, I am confident we’ll retire Rick and unite to build a brighter future for all Floridians.”
Demings and Mucarsel-Powell served alongside each other in the House from 2019 to 2021. Demings vacated her House seat in 2022 to challenge U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio but she ultimately lost by 17 percentage points to the Republican incumbent.
Demings was seen last summer speaking to Mucarsel-Powell as Senate Democrats recruited the candidate into the race, so it’s no surprise she now supports her former colleague’s campaign.

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  • The Dude

    January 13, 2024 at 8:44 am

    Hilarious. A couple of has beens.

    • Phil Morton

      January 13, 2024 at 7:49 pm

      The only poll I’ve seen has Powell up by 1. Not too bad for a “has been” against an incumbent U.S. Senator.

  • Rod

    January 13, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    She cannot win stop pushing and promote someone that is a destination to no where, there are so many qualify candidates you try to hard, Rod Joseph will win the primary mark this comment.

  • Felicia Bruce

    January 13, 2024 at 7:38 pm

    Two GREAT public servants.
    Both women deserve our unqualified support in all their endeavors.

    • Rod Joseph

      January 16, 2024 at 8:52 am

      Both cannot beat Rick Scott, stop voting people that cannot win.

  • Commander Demetries Grimes

    January 18, 2024 at 10:07 am

    Debbie Murcarsel-Powell (DMP) is the local face of a national catastrophe—the destructive policies of President Biden’s administration. These policies are not mere political disagreements but a direct affront to the American way of life, placing our citizens, economy, global partnerships, and our standing as a nation last.

    DMP’s stance against merit-based education and school choice is an assault on opportunity and excellence. Education is the bedrock of our future, and by opposing these principles, DMP is undermining the potential of our youth and, with it, the future prosperity of our state and country.

    Further compromising the safety of our communities, DMP supports stripping essential legal protections from our law enforcement officers. This move is not reform; it is a dismantling of the rule of law that threatens the peace and security of our neighborhoods.

    On immigration, DMP’s push for open borders and sanctuary cities is a radical step that would erode the integrity of our nation’s borders and the rule of law, creating havens that flout federal authority and jeopardize our security.
    Economically, DMP’s endorsement of reckless spending and tax hikes threatens to crush both employees and business owners alike under the weight of fiscal irresponsibility, stalling growth, and innovation.

    Her support for the “green new deal” cloaks a socialist agenda in the guise of environmentalism, proposing measures that would suffocate our economy rather than sustain it.

    Most distressing is DMP’s blatant disregard for the Constitution. Her advocacy for restrictive gun control measures is a direct violation of her oath to defend the constitutional rights of all Americans, a sacred trust that she seems all too willing to breach.

    In this tumultuous era, Senator Rick Scott embodies the conservative leadership that respects the foundational values of our nation. Senator Scott champions a vision of America as “one nation, under God,” a vision steeped in the principles of freedom and liberty that have been the cornerstone of our country since its inception.

    The Democrats’ vision of a new America—one reliant on government largesse and submissive to globalist ideologies—is an existential threat to the values we hold dear. This vision must be met with unwavering resistance from those who believe in American sovereignty and the individual liberties that have long defined us.

    The time for Floridians to act is now. We must ensure that our civic duty is fulfilled by registering to vote, rallying our communities, and standing firm in the upcoming elections. The battle for the future of our state and our nation demands our active participation.

    The American Dream is under siege by Democrats like DMP who aim to steal our future by turning us into subjects dependent upon gov’t.. We must be vigilant, for the cost of apathy could be the very liberty we cherish.

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