Apr 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Florida Rep. Val Demings considering run against Rubio or DeSantis

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Val Demings. Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) told Politico Thursday she's "seriously considering" challenging either Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2022.

The big picture: Democrat colleagues have urged Demings to consider a statewide run in Florida, a battleground state. The Florida congresswoman is a former Orlando police chief and was on President Biden's shortlist for vice president.

What she's saying: "I've received so many calls and texts and emails, and have been stopped when I'm out and about by people who are asking me that very same question. Matter of fact, they think I should run for statewide office and maybe challenge the governor, or challenge Sen. Rubio next year," Demings told Politico.

  • "I'm seriously considering a statewide run. And we'll see what happens."
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