It’s campaign season and both Republicans and Democrats are closely watching (and attacking) what each is doing and saying.
Florida, as is the case every four years, is ground zero in the 2020 presidential election cycle with several congressional races taking centerstage when voters go to the polls.
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) is one of several House Democrats that the Republican Party and its congressional political action arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), is targeting this election cycle.
The NRCC continues to highlight Mucarsel-Powell’s every move, pushing one of The Floridian's stories where Mucarsel-Powell and other Florida House Democrats, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Donna Shalala, and Darren Soto, “banded together” to call on the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives to “fully fund” the effort that defends democracy in embattled Venezuela.
NRCC Spokeswoman Camille Gallo quipped at the Democratic ask, stating “This is rich. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala are demanding Congress fully fund efforts to defend democracy in Venezuela, but just a few months ago, Debbie and Donna voted with their party against a bipartisan motion to condemn socialism as the cause of the crisis in Venezuela.”
Gallo was referring to the July 25, 2019, Venezuelan TPS measure that failed by two votes, saying that “Debbie and Donna voted with their party against a bipartisan motion to condemn socialism as the cause of the crisis in Venezuela.”
“Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala are frauds and would rather vote with the socialist Democrats in Washington than condemn socialism in Venezuela.” –NRCC Spokesperson Camille Gallo
The Floridian reached out to Mucarsel-Powell’s legislative office for comment but have not heard back, yet.
At this point, Restauranteur Irina Vilirina (R) is considered the favorite to win her contested GOP primary race in Florida’s 26th congressional district and could pose mount a significant challenge to Rep. Mucarsel-Powell.