Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick Wins the Democratic Party Primary in CD-20 and Other News From Florida

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FDP Chair Manny Diaz congratulates Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick on Winning the Democratic Party Primary in CD-20

Today, the state officially certified the Nov.2 Congressional District 20 Special Primary Election naming Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick the winner of the Democratic primary. The special primary was set in motion with the passing of Rep. Alcee Hastings, who represented that district for 27 years. Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement congratulating Cherfilus-McCormick:

“I want to congratulate Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick for winning this hard-fought primary; and thank you to all of the other Democrats who competed to replace the once-in-a-lifetime leader, the late Congressman Alcee Hastings. In the end democracy won, showing us once more that every vote counts.”

“I look forward to helping Mrs. Cherfilus-McCormick win the general election on January 11 and her becoming South Florida’s first Haitian-American elected to Congress, giving a representative voice to an important part of our Democratic coalition and our broader coalition on a range of issues important to Florida such as access to healthcare, fixing our roads, affordable housing, education and good-paying jobs, among others.”


Statement from FDP Chair Manny Diaz Denouncing the Cuban Regime’s Repression of Dissidents and Protesters to Halt Yesterday’s Planned Protests

Nationwide, peaceful demonstrations against the Cuban regime, which had been scheduled for yesterday, mostly failed to materialize due to weeks of pre-emptive repression and brutality against dissidents and potential protesters by the island’s communist regime.

On Sunday, Yunior Garcia Aguilera, a leading Cuban opposition activist who had called for the protests, was prevented from leaving his home and was subjected to abuse by regime-aligned mobs. His only plan for the day had been to walk alone dressed in white and holding a white rose in the middle of the afternoon.
In reaction to reports of these disturbing events inside the island, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz issued the following statement:

“The Cuban dictatorship has once again shown its true face to the world. Instead of allowing peaceful demonstrators to publicly express their grievances, it engaged in a calculated, weeks-long campaign of repression and intimidation designed to take the wind out of yesterday’s protests on the island.

“Its acts of repression against Yunior Garcia Aguilera throughout Sunday tell us all we need to know about how much the communist dictatorship fears its own people. To think that the prospect of a single man marching peacefully while holding a white rose was so threatening to the regime that it felt the need to block his street, bring in pro-government mobs to repudiate him, prevent him from leaving his home and even cover his windows with, of all things, Cuban flags, tell us all we need to know about the cowardice and brutality of the regime.

“The dictatorship may still hold the reins of power, but over the last few days it has shown beyond a reasonable doubt that it lacks even a shred of the moral authority needed to lead the nation. The voices of protesters and dissidents may have been temporarily silenced, but a burning and increasingly irrepressible desire for freedom and democracy beats fervently in the heart of the Cuban people.”


Florida Democratic Party Chairman Condemns Senator Rick Scott’s Latest Acts to Play Politics with the Economy

Following the reports of Senator Rick Scott celebrating inflation as a “gold mine” for Republicans’ efforts to regain power in Washington, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz released the following statement:
“Instead of voting to invest millions of dollars in Florida’s crumbling infrastructure and combating inflation, Senator Rick Scott is rooting against the economic recovery and continues to play partisan politics with the American people’s pocketbooks. Calling inflation a ‘gold mine’ for Republican electoral chances is beyond insulting, and Floridians deserve better from one of their so-called leaders.

“Since taking office, President Biden and Vice President Harris have made one thing clear– they plan to build this country back better than before, in spite of Republican opposition, and have already begun to do so with a historic economic recovery. Democrats have made tackling rising inflation a top priority and 17 Nobel Prize winning economists say President Biden’s economic agenda would achieve that.

“Senator Scott, Marco Rubio, and Florida Republicans need to explain why they continue to choose political stunts over bringing the economy back, creating new jobs, combating COVID-19, and investing in a more sustainable Florida. 

“While we know the work is not complete, partisan politics are counterproductive. Instead of standing on the sidelines, yelling and rooting against the American people, we implore Senators Scott and Rubio to do their jobs, and to start doing what is right for Floridians.”


Former State Representative Sean Shaw Releases Statement On Marco Rubio Repeatedly Failing To Show Up For Work

Following the reports of Senator Rick Scott celebrating inflation as a “gold mine” for Republicans’ efforts to regain power in Washington, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz released the following statement:

“Instead of voting to invest millions of dollars in Florida’s crumbling infrastructure and combating inflation, Senator Rick Scott is rooting against the economic recovery and continues to play partisan politics with the American people’s pocketbooks. Calling inflation a ‘gold mine’ for Republican electoral chances is beyond insulting, and Floridians deserve better from one of their so-called leaders.

“Since taking office, President Biden and Vice President Harris have made one thing clear– they plan to build this country back better than before, in spite of Republican opposition, and have already begun to do so with a historic economic recovery. Democrats have made tackling rising inflation a top priority and 17 Nobel Prize winning economists say President Biden’s economic agenda would achieve that.

“Senator Scott, Marco Rubio, and Florida Republicans need to explain why they continue to choose political stunts over bringing the economy back, creating new jobs, combating COVID-19, and investing in a more sustainable Florida. 

“While we know the work is not complete, partisan politics are counterproductive. Instead of standing on the sidelines, yelling and rooting against the American people, we implore Senators Scott and Rubio to do their jobs, and to start doing what is right for Floridians.”


Florida Representative Nick Duran Blasts Marco Rubio For Failing To Show Up For Work 

Florida state representative Nick Duran released the following statement today condemning Marco Rubio for failing to show up for critical hearings in the Senate after a new report showed Rubio has missed over a dozen recent Senate hearings: 

“This is far from the first time Marco Rubio has been called out for skipping out on his job. His refusal to change after years of Floridians demanding he show up for work is an insult to everyone he represents. Floridians deserve a leader who will take responsibility and put their interests first, not a self-serving politician like Marco Rubio who abandons his job to advance his own agenda.”  

Marco Rubio’s history of failing to show up for his job goes back years. Rubio was deemed an “absentee senator” during the 2016 election when he missed important national security briefings to attend fundraisers for his failed campaign. 


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