Washington – Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings officially launched her Senate campaign on Wednesday to challenge Republican Senator Marco Rubio in Florida, after months of speculation about his plans. Rubio is running for re-election next year.
The Florida Democrat announced her campaign in a three-minute video released Wednesday morning, describing her upbringing as the inspiration for her “tireless faith that things will get better” and highlighting her experience as the first female chief of staff. police for the Orlando Police Department.
“When you grow up in the poor, black and female South, you have to have faith in progress and opportunity,” Demings explained in the video. She said her mother, a maid, told her to “never tire of doing good.”
Demings criticized Rubio as “too tired to fight efforts to suppress the people’s vote”, referring to the recent law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisFlorida’s electoral processes. She argued that Rubio was the kind of politician to “fall back on tired talking points and backward solutions”.
“I never got tired of standing up for what I think is right,” Demings said. “Now I am running for the United States Senate because of two simple words: don’t get tired. “
In one video statement posted on TwitterRubio criticized Demings as “a member of the House who does nothing with any significant legislative achievement since his time in Congress.” Rubio said Demings voted with “socialist Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time”, and said she was ideologically close to “the Marxist squad”, referring to a group of progressive members of the House.
“In the weeks to come, voters in Florida will remember my important and common sense accomplishments, and they will also learn more about the ineffectiveness, far left and extremism of the real Val Demings when she is in Washington, ”says Rubio.
Demings has been a member of the House since 2017 and served as Chief of the Orlando Police Department from 2011 to 2017. CBS News reported in May that she was.
Demings gained national attention as the impeachment official in the first impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. There are currently no black women in the Senate, after Vice President Kamala Harris resigned her California seat to join the Biden administration.