Carlos G Smith V. Susan Plasencia: HD37 Starts to Heat Up

Carlos G Smith V. Susan Plasencia: HD37 Starts to Heat Up

Which candidate is feeling the pressure?

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
September 2, 2022

Now that the general election race has been solidified in Florida’s 49th District for the State House, the incumbent Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-FL) is starting to ramp up defensive rhetoric towards his opponent, Susan Plasencia (R), sister of former state Rep. Rene Plasencia (R-FL).

As election day draws nearer, expect attacks from all sides to fly across the political landscape.

For instance, Rep. Smith wrote on Twitter yesterday that he believes that Plasencia wants to “take Florida backwards.”

“After Pulse, I helped lead our community thru tragedy and became a national leader on gun violence prevention introducing legislation banning assault weapons. My GOP opponent supports permit-less carry and wants to take Florida backwards. We will not let her," wrote Guillermo Smith.

However, just a few days ago, Smith said he was going to “fight for the freedom of ALL FLORIDIANS (not just some),” despite wanting Floridians to have some of their gun and parental rights stripped away.

“When Republicans call Florida a ‘free state’, I ask ‘freedom for whom?’ Right now, our state is free only for those who agree with Ron DeSantis. I'm running for re-election to fight for the freedom of ALL FLORIDIANS (not just some) to be healthy, prosperous and safe," stated Smith.

Smith has also called out Plasencia (without using her name) for her pro-life stance and alleges that she has not acquired enough grassroots funding, rather relying on the state Republican Party and corporate dollars to fund her campaign.

“My anti-abortion opponent has relied entirely on the Republican Party, big utilities and the Florida Chamber to fund her campaign. Real people and residents of #HD37 are not donating. The GOP can't buy the grassroots movement we built that will re-elect me this November.”

Interestingly enough, and a bit hypocritical, Smith's campaign has received thousands of dollars in direct campaign donations from the Florida Democratic Party, and from a handful of special interest political action committees, and from corporate interests.


Is Smith feeling the pressure? Does Plasencia have a shot to pull off the upset? The seat is seen as a Democrat-leaning district, but some Florida politicos believe that its more of a "toss-up" race.  Floridians will find out in November, and The Floridian with election coverage for Florida’s biggest races.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a junior 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 co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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