In a time when a number of Florida Democrats are receiving criticism for their partisan voting record, some are standing by it and others are not commenting on the matter.
One Florida Democrat is celebrating a scorecard received by the nonpartisan Common Ground Committee Inc., which was released on Monday. In the scorecard, Florida rep. Stephanie Murphy (D), is listed as a bipartisan member of the Florida House.
On Twitter, she celebrated her rating, sharing a link to an article listing the findings of the scorecard and adding that she is “proud to be rated THE most bipartisan member of the Florida congressional delegation,” noting that she “will continue to always put people over politics” as a Florida rep.
— Stephanie Murphy (@SMurphyCongress) September 21, 2020
However, her Republican opponent, Dr. Leo Valentin, has called into question her voting record, which includes a recent vote in favor of the Justice in Policing Act, which many detractors argue is veiled support for the movement looking to defund the police.
Last month, the Blue Dog Democrat Caucus, which rep. Murphy is a member of, defined itself as being comprised of “pragmatic” members that appeal to the “mainstream values of the American public.”
In light of this, Valentin has repeatedly called for Rep. Murphy to denounce the rioting and looting and to instead support the police, but Murphy has not commented on the matter.
According to the Independent, non-partisan ProPublica website, as of September 17th, 2020, Murphy has voted alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi 95% of the time.