Democrat Val Demings distances herself from her party and ‘defund the police’ in her Senate bid

Democrat distances herself from her party and ‘defund the police’ in her Senate bid: Ex-cop Val Demings joins colleagues stating independence from Washington in new ad saying ‘I voted to make sure violent criminals go to jail and stay there’

  • Demings touted her work as a police officer and claims she ‘stood up’ to the defund the police movement
  • ‘I stood up to those in my party who wanted to defund the police. I was one of a few Democrats who voted to make sure violent criminals go to jail and stay’
  •  Demings was referencing Kate’s Law, passed in 2017, which increased the maximum prison sentence for criminals who have been previously deported 
  • Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio is leading Demings by 4.6 points, according to an average of recent polls 

Rep. Val Demings, a Democrat running for Senate in Florida, is furthering her tough-on-crime campaign by putting distance between herself and her liberal colleagues in a new campaign ad. 

Demings touted her work as a police officer and claims she ‘stood up’ to the defund the police movement.  

‘I learned as a police officer you stand up for what’s right, no matter what — that’s how you put the bad guys away and keep Florida safe,’ she said. ‘In Congress, I did the same. I stood up to those in my party who wanted to defund the police. I was one of a few Democrats who voted to make sure violent criminals go to jail and stay there.’ 

Demings was referencing Kate’s Law, passed in 2017, which increased the maximum prison sentence for criminals who have been previously deported. 

Incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio is leading Demings by 4.6 points, according to an average of recent polls. Cook Political Report rates the race as ‘lean Republican.’ 

Demings, a former Orlando police chief, has run a moderate, law enforcement-focused platform in increasingly red Florida, where President Biden’s approval is under water. 

She has spent $8 million on TV ads highlighting her police career, according to data from AdImpact. 

In one clip aired this summer, Demings resolutely declared she would never vote to defund the police. ‘That’s just crazy.’ 

Demings touted her work as a police officer and claims she 'stood up' to the defund the police movement

Demings touted her work as a police officer and claims she ‘stood up’ to the defund the police movement

Demings has pegged Rubio as a ‘career politician’ who frequently misses votes in Congress while fending off Rubio’s attempts to tie her to Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

Democrats in red and purple states across the country have rebuffed Republican attacks accusing them of being hostile to law enforcement and enablers of rioting and chaos.  

Republicans in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have attacked Democratic candidates Mandela Barnes and John Fetterman for being too lenient on crime. In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, the tables are turned where Democrat Josh Shapiro paints himself as the law-and-order alternative to Republican Doug Mastriano, who was outside the Capitol on January 6. 

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