Tallahassee – Stating that changing the Florida Legislature should be the number one priority for Democrats, Senator Jeff Clemens today announced the launch of Flip Florida Blue—a new campaign to help keep Democrats from getting their asses kicked at the polls. The main goals of Flip Florida Blue will be to actually, finally, definitively win enough to fight the de-funding of education, healthcare and environmental protections and basically, reverse the slow, painful Republican-led degradation of this nation’s largest swing state.
“Florida’s legislature is an example of what not to do in America, where Trump-like policies have pervaded for decades,” Clemens said. “It’s not enough, however, for us to simply be against Trump or Scott, or to email about apocalyptic deadlines. The damage caused by Republicans is easy to see in our schools, communities, and local economies. We need to do a better job of communicating about what’s happening and why people should support and vote for Democrats.”
“Senate Victory and my predecessors have, over the last several years, made steady progress, going from 12 to 15 Democratic Senators. Now, however, I think there is a great sense that the political and media landscape has evolved, and we need to hit reset on how we approach our campaigns and their communications,” said Clemens.
Clemens, the Minority Leader Designate and head of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, said Flip Florida Blue will highlight three goals: First, and most immediately, is the drive to take back State Senate District 40, now an open seat in the wake of Republican Frank Artiles’ resignation after racist and sexist statements. Following that win, there are 6-7 targeted Senate Districts in 2018 that will help Democrats move toward securing the full Senate, as well as the Governors’ race. Finally, we hope to use these prospective victories to serve as a model to help send Mr. Trump back to the private sector permanently in 2020.
“There are millions of people in Florida who think both parties suck, and we have to be clearer as to why we suck significantly less, and in fact, why voting for Democrats is a choice people can actually feel good about,” Clemens said. “Public education, clean water, justice, equality, and the ability to climb that ladder to a great job are the hallmarks of a Democratic government. Compelling communications, unfortunately, have not been the hallmark of every Senate Democratic campaign. We’re working to change that.”