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Florida Dems create new website blasting Ron DeSantis

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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,, 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.
The site is also asking for financial contributions to the party.
DeSantis announced his candidacy this morning, becoming the first Republican to enter the contest after a number of higher- profile members of the party, including CFO Jeff Atwater, former House Speaker Will Weatherford, and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan declined a run at the seat as Marco Rubio runs for president.
Jupiter U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the only Democrat to declare his candidacy, said this morning that, “Floridians want fresh, new leadership in the U.S. Senate. I am running to end the gridlock in Congress, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and empower the middle class to succeed. I look forward to sharing my vision with Floridians across the state over the course of this campaign.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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