The Florida Senate candidate Dem has focused her campaign on her ex-cop status
Collin Anderson • October 24, 2022 3:10 p.m.
It’s a lot harder to be a politician than a police officer, at least if you ask Florida Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings.
“You know, after 27 years as a law enforcement officer, there’s no doubt that it’s hard work, it’s hard work, there’s no doubt about it,” Demings said, a former Orlando police chief. “But being elected is a whole other level, y’all.”
Demings’ remarks came at a Saturday rally in Pensacola and are likely to anger Florida’s law enforcement community, especially as Demings enjoys an array of benefits as a member of the Congress that she did not receive as a policeman.
Demings’ congressional salary, for example, is $174,000, allowing the Democrat to own a condo in Washington, DC in addition to his residence in Florida. Even after state cops in August received their first pay raise in years, the average state-level officer in Florida earns just under $60,500 a year. Demings’ job as a congresswoman also took the Democrat and her husband to Israel for a policy seminar in 2017, a trip that cost nearly $27,000. And in 2021, no member of Congress has died in the line of duty, compared to 52 Florida law enforcement officers.
“For Congresswoman Demings to say that sitting in Washington and voting with [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi 100% of the time is harder work than what we do every day is just despicable,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said. Free Washington Beacon. “This proves once and for all that she has completely abandoned the law enforcement community and turned into a creature of the swamp.”
Demings, whose campaign did not return a request for comment, worked to unseat Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio largely by running for police chief. Demings in 2007 “made history when she was named to the position of [Orlando’s] first female police chief”, her campaign website States, and the Democrat often brags this position to prove that she is a “sensible, tough-on-crime leader who knows how to keep our communities safe.” In August, Demings went so far as to say she was intrinsically immune to criticism from the Florida law enforcement community for being “the police”. “I don’t just support the police. I am the police,” the Democrat said.
But Rubio landed the overwhelming majority of law enforcement endorsements. Fifty-six of Florida’s 66 sheriffs support Rubio, as do the Fraternal Order of Police and the state’s Police Benevolent Association. Demings has fired these endorsements by arguing that 85% of Sunshine State sheriffs are “playing political games” by supporting Rubio, a remark that some of these sheriffs quickly reprimanded.
“Like me and thousands of other law enforcement officers, Val Demings took an oath to protect and serve — an oath she somehow forgot when she arrived in Washington and decided to vote. with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time,” Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. say it Free tag in August. “After six years in Washington, it’s clear that Val is no longer the police and hasn’t had our backs when it mattered most,” Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith added at the time.
Demings emerged from her August primary race with 84% of the vote and will face Rubio at the polls in November. The Democrat has raised $65.5 million to Rubio’s $44.5 million as of September 30, although Rubio holds a cash benefit of $3 million.