Democrats Giving Up on Florida: We’re Getting ‘Our Butts Kicked’

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    A Friday article in Politico delved into how the Sunshine State has the Biden White House and Democrats “stumped” as Democrats have failed to see any significant victories in recent times. Over the course of Biden’s presidency — and even prior to that — the Florida legislature, along with DeSantis, have challenged establishment media norms, forging their own path ahead — from taking on vaccine mandates to championing parental rights. And because of that, Democrats are thinking twice about dumping money into the state.

    “If you were to ask me, does Florida give you as good a return on investment as other places? Clearly right now it does not,” Democratic National Committee Finance Director Chris Korge said, according to Politico. “We got our butts kicked in Florida recently. Our butts kicked.”

    However, he said Democrat leaders do not think it is wise to divest form the state completely, contending that it is smarter to make progress in the state before DeSantis rises further into popularity, particularly if he decides to run for president later in his political career.

    “I think the White House absolutely thinks we need to be engaged there now rather than waiting until 2024 when it becomes more expensive to stop [DeSantis],” he said. “We are going to be engaged in the midterm and, you can quote me on this, the DNC is absolutely not giving up on Florida.”

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    It appears, however, that the White House strategy is to challenge DeSantis and his policies, targeting the man rather than the platform itself:

    But Biden in recent weeks has taken a more confrontational approach with DeSantis. Biden and his administration recently hammered the governor for making his state the only one in the country to not pre-order pediatric Covid-19 vaccines. White House Covid response coordinator Ashish Jha even held a briefing with Florida reporters, where he called DeSantis’ move “unconscionable.”

    Biden also issued an executive order banning programs that receive federal money from offering conversion therapy, a direct response to the DeSantis administration pushing to end state-funded gender-affirming care for transgender minors. DeSantis’ health department also crafted a rationale to justify banning Medicaid from paying for puberty blockers for transgender people.

    But DeSantis has stood firm on his administration’s moves. More recently, he defended the state not recommending the vaccines for children as young as six months, contending there is not enough data to back it up.

    “They [the establishment media] came out with an article saying the state of Florida has not ordered, its Department of Health has not ordered mRNA jabs for the babies. Yes, we recommend against it. We are not going to have any programs where we’re trying to jab six-month-old babies with mRNA. That’s just the reality,” he said.

    White House allies affirmed that they are not necessarily writing off Florida, but it appears attacking DeSantis remains the tactic:

    John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and major Democratic donor, said in a text message that there is one simple reason the White House will continue to focus on Florida: “More electoral votes,” he said. “It’s not off the radar.”

    The left’s strategy comes months after Republicans overtook Democrats in voter registration in the state.

    “Back in 2008 … there were 650,000 more Democrats in the state of Florida. Today, we have 140,00 more Republicans in the state… So we’re approaching right there almost 800,000 net increase for the Republican Party of Florida because everything we’re doing here protecting and promoting freedom’s working,” Christian Ziegler, vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, told Breitbart News earlier this month.

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