Debbie Mucarsel-Powell announces Seniors coalition

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She announced the group a year after Rick Scott unveiled a plan critics say would sunset Social Security.

Democratic Senate candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell launched a new seniors’ coalition. And she timed it to the launch of incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Scott’s most controversial policy moves.

The Miami Democrat announced the Seniors For Debbie coalition. The initiative comes a year after Scott, as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, debuted his 11-point Rescue America plan. The Midterm agenda immediately drew criticism for proposing a sunset and review of any federal program, which many viewed as an attack on Social Security and Medicare.

“Florida seniors deserve better than a Senator who wrote a plan to sunset the benefits they’ve worked their entire lives for,” Mucarsel-Powell said.

“My mother worked two jobs to earn her retirement benefits, and as I care for her in my own home, I see firsthand what a difference those benefits have made in her life. Meanwhile, Rick Scott — the fraud who single-handedly wrote the plan to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block — is lying to Florida’s hardworking seniors and promising to protect the exact programs he’s tried to destroy during his time in the Senate. It is disgraceful, to say the least, and our seniors deserve so much better. That’s exactly why I’m in this race and why I’m excited to stand with Florida’s seniors as we fight to retire Rick self-serving Scott in November.”

Mucarsel-Powell is the lead Democrat challenging Scott next year. She faces tech entrepreneur Stanley Campbell in a Democratic Primary.

The Miami Democrat leads in fundraising among all candidates but Scott. She also has experience running for federal office against an incumbent. In 2018, she defeated Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo for a seat in Congress. She lost the seat two years later to now-U.S. Rep. Carlos Giménez.

The formation of a senior coalition within the campaign comes a month after Mucarsel-Powell won the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare.

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].


  • Mayorkas Impeached

    February 22, 2024 at 5:42 am

    Almost as insignificant as Nikki Fried. She will get rolled. Hey Demos, keep those dollars flowing. Val Demings 2.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 27, 2024 at 2:12 pm

      No substance from the pro-G0P commenter that coincidentally showed up right when the Rhonda campaign got back from Iowa.. ….. . . .. . . . . . . Just howling and flinging at the fan, as usual.

      Now obviously this pro-G0P commenter cannot be a Rhonda staffer.

      Rhonda said they were governing up Iowa, so if it was a Rhonda staffer, they’d have been posting their ad hominem for the 9 months the campaign was is Iowa.

      Because of course they were governing Florida up the whole nine months in Iowa. Like George Washington, today’s G0P cannot tell a lie.

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