Demings Makes It Official, Will Challenge Rubio For Senate Seat

Rep. Val Demings made it official Wednesday morning, confirming that she is running for U.S. Senate to take away the seat currently held by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. “I’m running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right,” Demings said in a tweet. “Never tire of serving Florida. Never tire of doing good.”

The Democratic representative released a campaign video in which explains why it is that she maintains her “tireless faith that things can always get better.” She said that growing up “in the South, poor, black, and female, you have to have faith in progress and opportunity,. Demings said.

Demings is a former Orlando police chief and the first woman to hold the title. She was first elected to Congress in 2017 and  gained a national profile as a House manager in former President Donald Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial. Demings touted her law enforcement experience, boasting that violent crime in Orlando dropped during her tenure as chief of police.

Rubio responded to Demings’ campaign announcement with a predictably nasty Republican screed. “Look, I’ve always known that my opponent for the Senate was gonna be a far-left, liberal Democrat. Today, we just found out which one of them Chuck Schumer’s picked,” Rubio said in a Twitter video. “I’m looking forward to this campaign because it’s going to offer the people of Florida a very clear difference.”

Rubio said Demings has aligned herself with her party’s far-left wing, previewing a talking point that is sure to dominate his 2022 reelection campaign. “None of them will admit to being a socialist. She probably won’t. But she certainly has voted for socialist things,” Rubio said, without offering any specifics.

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