PRIMARIES MATTER: Incumbent Dem candidate is a right-wing bigot who “Thanks God for slavery”

Stupid, stupid, Florida.

Meet your Florida Democratic rep: Kim Daniels. She is the incumbent state representative for one of the bluest districts in all of Florida, Legislative District 14 in Jacksonville. The Florida GOP isn’t even bothering running a candidate.  This is for two reasons:

1. A Republican just can’t win here, and

2. They have something even better—an incumbent conservative extremist who supports them on everything

She’s the full Trump package. She’s unethical, a bigot, and a hatemonger who rails against women’s rights, LGBTQ folks, and is strongly anti-labor. She is, however, very pro-NRA and very pro-Trump. She is also the pastor of her own church with its own set of controversies. (Actually, she refers to herself as an Apostle.) She claims to be a prophet and an exorcist; yet a bitter divorce revealed how her church was used for personal enrichment.

State Rep Kim Daniels

Aaaaaaaaaaand it gets worse.

Here are actual things she has said in public:

And you can talk about the Holocaust, but the Jews own everything!

I thank God for slavery. … If it wasn’t for slavery, I might be somewhere in Africa worshipping a tree!

Don’t believe me? Go right to the 2:00 minute mark in this video:

Why are the Duval County Democrats putting up with this? I understand not wanting to get involved in a primary, but if one of your people is a corrupt GOP ringer, I don’t think any true Democrat would mind you putting the thumb on the scale. 

Democratic Challenger, Paula Wright

Paula Wright is her primary opponent, and the real Democrat in the race. She is currently serving her second term as the Chair of the Duval County School Board. She knows education. More importantly, she stands by the Democratic Platform. She’s been endorsed by: AFSME Florida, AFL-CIO Florida, Planned Parenthood Florida, Duval Teachers Union, FEA, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and other groups as well.

In case you aren’t clear about the disparity:  Paula Wright is being supported by Democrats, but Kim Daniels is getting checks from right-wing groups, including Empower Jacksonville, whose mission it is to destroy LGBTQ protections in the city. Rick Scott’s favorite private prison mega-corporation, The Geo Group, along with Big Sugar, have given generous donations to Daniels, along with First Coast Conservatives. 

How is Daniels a Democrat again?

Daniels follows Trump’s lead in making up attacks against your opponents. One of the most vile attacks ads from Daniel’s camp was downright libelous, and ran in a prominent African-American newspaper in Jacksonville. The paper printed a correction on the hit piece.

There really is no excuse for a Trump Teabagger in DINO clothing to win a Democratic primary in a Democratic district. Before we clean house in November, we need to clean our own damn house.

This year, we have the best chance in decades for a Democratic governor. We need movement on the legislative houses, and kicking Kim Daniels to the curb should be an easy task.  The problem is the polling shows a dead heat.  The more people know about Kim Daniels, the worse it gets for her. The opposite is true of Paula Wright, who has grown in the polls and in fundraising the more people meet her. 

We’re Florida, and we suffer enough fools. I sure as hell don’t need any from my own party.

Remember this primary IS the election for District 14, so vote!