Rubio Calls 'Chief Demings' a Failure in Congress

Rubio Calls 'Chief Demings' a Failure in Congress

Val Demings served as Orlando's Police Chief from 2007-2011.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
April 19, 2022

In an exclusive interview with The Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was asked about his opponent in the upcoming election, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL).  and her referring to herself as "Chief Demings."

Rep.Demings served as the Chief of Police for the city of Orlando from 2007 to 2011, and in this election cycle, she is choosing to run as “Chief Demings” rather than “Rep. Demings” as she has in prior elections.

“What, she’s been in the House for six years, and has never passed a single bill. She’s done nothing. I mean, I imagine if I was in Congress for six years: my party was in power, the president of my party was in power, and I have nothing to show for it. She probably doesn’t want people to know she’s up there," said Sen. Rubio.

Demings gained some national attention during the 2020 presidential election when she was considered to be now President Joe Biden’s (D) running mate.

In response to the national support she’s receiving now, Rubio stated,"But she has been a failure as a congresswoman and the only reason they’re supporting her, frankly, is because she was a puppet for Pelosi and she’ll be a puppet for Schumer. It doesn’t even matter what she personally believes. Whatever Schumer tells her to do, that’s what she’ll do when she gets to the Senate. That’s why they want her, that’s why we can’t allow her to win.”

Rubio is leading Demings in all of the recent public opinion polls, but the former chief of police has been able to outpace Rubio in fundraising the past two fundraising quarters.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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