That didn’t take long.
Shortly after Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis announced he is an official candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in 2016, the Florida Democratic Party responded immediately with a website, RonDeSantis2016.com, that features a large picture of the 36-year-old representative with the words, “Ron DeSantis: For the Tea Party.”
“The last Tea Party Congressman to run for U.S. Senate in Florida suffered a resounding defeat because of just how out of touch he was with the values of Florida’s middle class,” says FDP spokesperson Max Steele. “If anything, Congressman Ron DeSantis would be an even bigger disaster for Florida’s families than Connie Mack. He’s a risk Floridians can’t afford, and we will make sure voters know it. This website is just the beginning of our campaign against Congressman DeSantis’ Tea Party record.”
The site hits DeSantis with a litany of criticisms:
- Congressman DeSantis has a long record of supporting anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant legislation.
- Congressman DeSantis wants to end Medicare as we know it.
- Congressman DeSantis disagrees with the majority of Floridians who believe love is love and support marriage equality for all.
- Congressman DeSantis is a strong and vocal opponent of a woman’s right to choose, opposes equal pay for equal work for women, and even voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.