Push for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to take on Rick Scott is growing

Push for Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to take on Rick Scott is growing

The push to nudge former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to run against Sen. Rick Scott comes after Republicans dominated the 2022 midterms in Florida up and down the ballot. | Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There’s a growing chorus of Democratic-aligned groups calling for former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. Rick Scott, including organizations eager to see a second Hispanic woman in the Senate. POLITICO previously reported that Senate Democratic leaders have urged Mucarsel-Powell, a Miami Democrat who served one term in Congress before losing a reelection bid in 2020, to take on Scott in a race that could prove pivotal in Democratic efforts to keep control of the Senate. Mucarsel-Powell is still weighing whether to challenge Scott, the former two-term governor and multimillionaire who could pour unlimited amounts of his own money into the contest. Scott, however, has never run during a presidential election year and has been placed on the defense by both the White House and even fellow Republicans over his stance on Medicare and Social Security. This week, Latino Democrats, including those connected to groups such as BOLD PAC, the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, have become vocal with their support for Mucarsel-Powell. They see her as a compelling candidate in a state in which roughly a quarter of the population is Hispanic. “Debbie would be such a fantastic recruit,” Victoria McGroary, executive director for BOLD PAC told POLITICO. “Rick Scott is one of the must vulnerable Republicans in the Senate. It is really time for Florida to have someone as strong as Debbie, a Latina, at the top of the ballot.” This outpouring of support could be a prelude to Mucarsel-Powell committing to the race. She did not respond this week to a request for a comment on whether she has made a final decision. But others said they really want her to run.

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