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National Security Org Endorses in Florida U.S. Senate Race

A national security organization, Foreign Policy for America, announced its endorsement in the upcoming Florida U.S. Senate race.

Foreign Policy for America endorsed former Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for election to the U.S. Senate. Democrat Mucarsel-Powell is running to unseat Republican Senator Rick Scott.

“Debbie is a brilliant thinker, communicator, and leader. She knows what it means to stand up for democracy and human rights and she knows that the U.S. has an essential role to play in supporting those values around the world. She’s always been a champion for strong, principled diplomacy and that’s why we’re proud to endorse her for the Senate,” said Andrew Albertson, Executive Director of Foreign Policy for America. “When you look at her track record, it’s clear that Debbie knows what Floridians care about. Whether she’s leading climate and infrastructure policies to protect coastal communities, working to expand legal pathways to citizenship for the workers who make up the backbone of Florida’s economy, or fighting for the humanitarian aid and protections our regional neighbors need, Debbie is a powerful champion for Florida. We can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish in the Senate.”

The group believes Mucarsel-Powell’s background in Western Hemisphere issues and her strong record of effective leadership and public service stands in stark contrast to the dysfunction seen in Congress right now. Rep. Mucarsel-Powell previously served in Congress from 2019-2021, representing Florida’s 26th Congressional District.

“I am honored to receive this endorsement from Foreign Policy for America. I’ve always advocated for a safer, more secure America, because I understand the critical importance of smart, strategic foreign policy decisions,” said Democratic candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “But Rick Scott continues to undermine American security and prosperity by pushing reckless policies that embarrass the United States on the global stage. He constantly puts political games before America’s national security interests, furthering Putin and China’s agendas. He has opposed additional funding to Ukraine on numerous occasions. And more recently, he helped sink a bipartisan bill to secure the border, all for his own politics. Florida needs a leader who will demand American leadership across the Caribbean, South America, and the world, and that’s the agenda I will bring with me to the US Senate.”

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, becoming the first immigrant from South America and the first Ecuadorian American to serve in Congress. She was a member of the Judiciary Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell was widely recognized as a leader on U.S. foreign policy related to the Western Hemisphere and was a sponsor of the Cuban Family Reunification Act and the Humanitarian Assistance to the Venezuelan People Act. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell worked for several non-profits and served as the Director of Development at Florida International University (FIU) before becoming the Associate Vice President and then Associate Dean of the FIU Wertheim College of Medicine. She later served as a Special Advisor to the United States during the 2022 Summit of the Americas.

Foreign Policy for America is a nonpartisan advocacy organization working to strengthen support for principled American engagement in the world. The organization said it supports policies that keep Americans safe and out of conflicts, advance prosperity for all, and are true to our country’s highest values.

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell joins other FP4A endorsed candidates: Sen. Bob Casey (PA-Sen), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI-Sen), Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-Sen), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-Sen), Rep. Andy Kim (NJ-Sen), Rep. Colin Allred (TX-Sen), Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Rep. Jake Auchincloss (MA-04), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Rep. Susan Wild (PA-07), Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Rep. Marilyn Strickland (WA-10), Andrei Cherny (AZ-01), Yassamin Ansari (AZ-03), Will Rollins (CA-41), and Sarah Klee Hood (NY-22). These endorsed candidates were chosen because of their consistent leadership in favor of diplomacy-first foreign policy, according to the organization.

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