Democrats demand DeSantis set election to replace Alcee Hastings

Democrats demand DeSantis set election to replace Alcee Hastings

Four Democratic members of Congress demanded Friday that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately set a special election to fill the vacancy created by the death of U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings. “Our concern is that there is such a close majority of Democrats in the House that any stalling, any less Democrats that are there and stalling makes it more difficult to get for us to get what we think is a very common-sense agenda through,” said Frankel, who organized a video news conference about the Hastings vacancy. Frankel, Deutch and Wasserman Schultz all represent South Florida districts that share borders with Hastings’ district in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Crist, who represents St. Petersburg, is considering whether to run for the 2022 Democratic nomination for governor to challenge DeSantis. Wasserman Schultz said there is “no good reason, none whatsoever, to wait one more day. … Unless of course you want to play petty partisan politics or have no regard for your own state’s constituents. That’s the only reason for DeSantis to delay calling an election.” Wasserman Schultz also cited several Democratic priorities, including President Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal and gun safety legislation, that could be eased by having another Democratic member in office. With Hastings’ death and other vacancies, there are currently 218 Democrats and 212 Republicans — the tightest margin in almost a century. That doesn’t leave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi much room. More than a few defections mean majority Democrats can’t pass bills. The voters in the […]

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