WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) arrives to a luncheon with Senate Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Building on October 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
UPDATED 9:06 AM PT – Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Several Florida law enforcement officers are putting their weight behind a Republican lawmakers re-election bid. A bipartisan group of 55 sheriffs endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio in a Jacksonville press conference Monday.
Rubio’s possible general election opponent, Rep. Val Demmings, served as the Orlando Police Department’s police chief. However, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey alleged the Florida Democrat has promoted a “spirit of lawlessness” while in Congress.
“The other candidate in this race, however, Val Demmings turned her back on her profession as she stood with the soft on crime crowd out in Washington, D.C.,” stated Sheriff Ivey. “And in doing so, putting our citizens and law enforcement officers at risk. For someone who claims to have been a cop and to have worn the badge, what she did in Washington, D.C. to support criminals forever tarnished any badge that she ever wore. And she did it, sadly, to further her own political career.”
Rubio claimed Demmings, who was an impeachment manager against former President Donald Trump, has voted with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time. The sheriffs also endorsed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the press conference.