Florida Representative Val Demings (D-Fla.) announced Wednesday morning that she is running for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
The Florida Democrat posted this video message on Twitter.
I'm running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right. Never tire of serving Florida. Never tire of doing good.
— Val Demings (@valdemings) June 9, 2021
“Unlike some in Washington, I never tired of standing up for what I believe is right, because no one is above the law,” Demings said in a video announcing her candidacy. “But it turns out, there are some in Washington who prefer the same old tired ways of doing business.”
She added: “I’m running for the United States Senate because of two simple words: Never tired.”
Sen. Rubio responded to Deming’s announcement to run for his seat this morning via tweet reiterating his attack that she has aligned herself with her party’s far-left wing.
“None of them will admit to being a socialist,” Rubio said. “She probably won’t. But she certainly has voted for socialist things.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 9, 2021
Demings has been a high-profile Democrat of late. She was included on President Biden’s shortlist of potential running mates last summer before serving as one of the House impeachment managers during former President Trump’s second Senate trial in February.
The former Orlando Police Chief has represented Florida’s 10th District since 2017.