Many Democrats have made it clear that they hope the filibuster is abolished, but a Democrat congresswoman is showing that there are still divisions within the party on the issue. In an interview with CNN, Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), once believed to be a contender for the Democratic nominee to challenge Republican Marco Rubio, expressed doubts over whether the filibuster should be discontinued.
Murphy's position is the opposite of Congresswoman Val Demings who is running for Senate:
In Florida, Rep. Val Demings (D) talked up the need to reform the filibuster when she launched her bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio (R) last month. She doubled down this week, running ads on Facebook urging support for ending the filibuster and writing in a USA Today op-ed over the weekend that it “threatens the freedoms of every American.”
As the NRSC explained, Demings' position on the filibuster is part of a broader effort by Democrats to ram through their radical agenda:
Val Demings is following the lead of AOC, the Squad and Radical Liberal groups that want to abolish the filibuster so they can ram through a Socialist agenda. . .
Demings’ support for eliminating the filibuster is about promoting a radical liberal agenda — not about what’s in the best interest of Floridians.
As time goes on, there are less Democrat lawmakers willing to stand up against their party and advocate to keep the filibuster in place:
“It’s a real sea change within the Democratic Party. It has moved from an issue that used to be seen as being on the left fringes to one that is now pretty much a consensus position, especially among the new members and as you’re seeing now, among the candidates,” said Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for pro-rules change group Fix Our Senate.
The radical position of Democrat Senate candidates on the filibuster reaffirms how important the 2022 midterm elections will be for the future of the country. Americans should elect lawmakers who have respect for tools like the legislative filibuster that preserve the voice of the minority.