The divide between establishment Democrats and progressives in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election has taken an interesting twist in a Florida Congressional race.
Florida Democrats are raising money for sophomore GOP Congressman Carlos Curbelo, who represents the 26th congressional district, in his campaign for reelection against Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell.
The Democrats co-hosting the August 23 fundraiser include former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, Homestead, FL Mayor Jeff Porter, Florida City, FL Mayor Otis Wallace, top Hillary Clinton donor Ira Leesfield and attorney Roland Sanchez-Medina, who has worked on Democratic campaigns against Curbelo in the past.
The Democrats joined a group of Curbelo supporters that includes GOP Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, who will also host an event for Curbelo.
Curbelo, who paints himself as a moderate, is a pro-life Republican who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Curbelo is Republican, pro-life and against single-payer, but the Dems will fundraise him anyway. https://t.co/SG8vT3811W
— Cris Carlson (@crismcarlson) August 4, 2017
Mucarsel-Powell, who allegedly supports single-payer healthcare and is backed by Planned Parenthood, has slammed Curbelo for voting to replace the Affordable Care Act with Trumpcare. She also noted that Curbelo has voted “more than 86 percent of the time” in line with President Donald Trump’s views, though Curbelo has distanced himself from the President.
The Dems are supporting a, uh, Republican in Florida. He’s running against a Dem who is pro single payer. So. Yeah. https://t.co/SlROTcEJSh
— DaveAnthony (@daveanthony) August 4, 2017
The Florida 26th congressional district tends to lean Democratic, and has been identified as a Mid-term target for national Democratic strategists in 2018. But having prominent local DNC-friendly operatives hosting the event or on the guest list highlights just how much the establishment Democrats seems willing to push back against the surge of progressives within its ranks who supported Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential bid.
Wait what? Curbelo voted for the AHCA in the House and his district is prime pickings for a Democrat to win. https://t.co/AiXmEUf8bI
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) August 3, 2017
In the past, Curbelo also received support from Democratic political consultant Freddy Balsera and lobbyist Brian May.
Naturally, the move has many concerned about the Democrats’ strategy to disrupt the Republicans’ control of all three branches of the federal government.
This is HOW FAR GONE the 'Democratic' party is.
Dem leaderships "lose to win".
**The Dem party IS NOT Progressive**https://t.co/1kdXsistpp
By backing Carlos Curbelo,the democrats demonstrate they don't even stand for opposition to Trump. They ONLY stand for stopping progressives
— LARGE MARXISTS (@non_bona_dicta) August 4, 2017
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