Liberal U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a potential presidential candidate in 2020, continued to focus on the Sunshine State, going to bat for the Florida Democratic Party.
In an email sent out on Tuesday, Warren tried to rally Democrats behind U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who is locked in a close contest as he runs for a fourth term against Gov. Rick Scott, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum who is running for governor.
“In this year’s critical midterm elections, there’s no state more important for us to focus on than Florida,” Warren insisted. “The governor’s mansion is up for grabs. A critical Senate seat is on the line. And right-wing operatives and their shady dark-money backers are already on the attack.
“In the Senate race, Bill Nelson is fighting for re-election against a far-right Republican politician intent on spending his way to the Senate (with lots of special interest groups backing him). Bill has always stood with Democrats to fight for working people, and we can’t afford to lose his voice. Nor can we afford to lose this seat — a Republican win here means we’d have almost no hope of taking back the Senate majority,” Warren added.
“Meanwhile, Andrew Gillum has electrified progressives in his quest to be Florida’s next governor. If elected, Andrew would make history as Florida’s first black governor and the first Democratic governor in 24 years,” Warren noted. “What happens in Florida 49 days from now will matter to all of us.”
Warren praised the Florida Democrats for focusing on all 67 counties in the Sunshine State and insisted the races “will have massive ramifications nationally.”
Nelson and Gillum are not the only Florida Democrats that Warren is supporting. Last week, Warren tried to rally fellow liberals behind former Judge Mary Barzee Flores who is taking on U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who has been in Congress since 2002 and currently leads the U.S. House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee.
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