While Rep. Demings, who is arguably one of the most articulate and capable members of Florida's Democratic House Caucus, has grilled the senior Republican senator over his time in office, Sen. Rubio continues to counter Rep Demings with sharp criticisms over her personal and political ideology, calling her an “advocate for her radical agenda in Washington.”
Rubio expressed this week that voters “will get to know the Real Val Demings,” arguing that she “is too radical for Florida.”
Since Demings announced her intention to run against Rubio, Rubio has been warning voters that electing Demings to the Senate would spell bad news for Florida.
Citing her “allegiances to Nancy Pelosi and the Socialist House "Squad" will bring more national far-left donors her way,” Rubio added that Floridians have not yet experienced the “Real Val Demings.”
For him, the “Real Val Demings” is someone that “champions Biden’s multi-trillion dollar Build Back Socialist agenda,” it’s somebody that “called plans to defund the police ‘very thoughtful’ and described a violent riot as a ‘beautiful sight,’” it’s someone that “supports illegal immigrants voting in our elections” along with opposing “voter ID laws that would secure our election.”
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He further expressed that Demings “aligns herself with anti-parents politicians,” “favors partisan court-packing to advance Democrats’ agenda,” “praised governors in California and New York for their unprecedented lockdowns,” and someone that “votes with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time and the Socialist Squad 94% of the time.”
"There is no doubt in my mind that we do need a national stay-at-home order." Rep. Val Demings.
Demings has been quietly keeping her head down, focusing her campaign efforts on fundraising, but when the time comes, Demings will have to face her voting record.
Demings' voting record is what Rubio and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) are banking on.
Democratic Socialism will be on the 2020 midterm ballot and Demings past voting record checks off all the boxes when it comes to supporting most, if not all of the issues that Democratic Socialists in the U.S. House of Representatives are proponents of.
Elizabeth Gregory, the Rubio campaign’s communication director, added further criticism to the Senatorial hopeful.
Stating that “Demings is on the wrong side of every issue that affects the day-to-day lives of Floridians,” Gregory shared that “Demings is more concerned with appealing to the liberal Washington elite than she is with getting things done: the only two bills that Val Demings shepherded through Congress were to rename post offices.”
In turn, the Rubio campaign feels that “as Election Day approaches, Floridians will get to know Val Demings as a far-left radical who has failed to deliver results for them when it really counts.”
Javier Manjarres contributed to this story.