We have a great opportunity to flip a few Senate seats to the Democrats this November, and the Florida Senate seat is highly competitive.
Let’s do a quick run down of why Marco Rubio needs to lose his re-election bid, who is running against him, and a few ideas of how you can help lay the groundwork right now to flip this seat.
Why Rubio must go
If there’s one thing Marco Rubio is known for, it’s his cowardice. Here’s a small selection of things he’s done to demonstrate that he’s not the Senator Floridians (or any of us) need in these dangerous time:
He voted to acquit Donald Trump AFTER the insurrection.
He voted AGAINST forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection. And he voted that way AFTER saying this: “We need to learn as much as we can: A, because it was a shameful day — something that should never happen again — and B, because I think our enemies of this country, terrorists and others, will look to learn from that day, potentially, one day take lessons learned from it to attack us here.” source
He gleefully voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court 8 DAYS before a presidential election after vocally agreeing with Mitch McConnell that Merrick Garland should not be considered because at 8 MONTHS, it was too close to a presidential election.
He has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the covid pandemic. source
Not to mention that he cannot, under any circumstances, cross Donald Trump. Example:
The Democratic challengers
Until the primary happens on August 23, we won’t know who the Democratic challenger will be. There are a number of people running so far, although from a fundraising perspective, there is a clear frontrunner: Representative Val Demings (FL-10) has brought in over $20M already. The candidate coming in second has almost raised $1M. The full list of candidates can be found HERE.
How to help
If you’re in Florida, first and foremost, make sure you vote in the primary and get everyone you know to vote in the election on August 23.
I asked a fellow activist friend in Florida to point me to great organizations working to register and turn out voters in Florida that deserve our support right now, and here’s what she suggested:
- Operation Blackout
- Mi Vecino Florida
- People Power for Florida
- Field Team 6 (Click the map for the Florida team)
Until we have a final candidate, let’s focus on getting folks registered to vote (or confirming that their registration is still active), and ramping up enthusiasm to vote. Check THIS for ideas on how to help get people registered, and consider signing up with Postcards for Swing States which will be focusing on Florida, among other states.
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