“That’s one word that official Washington does not want you to hear,” candidate David Richardson says in a new TV ad. standing in front of the U.S. Capitol, in the ad. He attempts to say the word “impeachment,” but it keeps being beeped before he finally blurts it out.
Richardson, currently a Florida State Representative, is in a five-way Democratic primary in Miami-Dade County for Congress – a race some see as one of the best chances the Democrats have in flipping a Florida Congressional seat from red to blue. The seat has been held for three decades by Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. But Hillary Clinton carried the district by more than 19 percentage points in 2016.
The frontrunner at this point is U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary and former University of Miami president Donna Shalala.
In his new ad, Richardson points out that he’s the only candidate in the race who once offered a resolution in the state Legislature calling for the impeachment of the president. Needless to say, Richardson’s resolution went nowhere in the GOP-controlled Legislature.
But some Democrats are invoking the “I-word” this campaign season.
Former Miami judge Mary Barzee Flores released a digital ad earlier this year where she charged that the president “abused his power, obstructed justice, encouraged hatred and violence, and used his office to further enrich himself and his family.”
Speaking before the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board last week, North Florida incumbent Congressman Al Lawson and his challenger, former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, both said they would support articles of impeachment if proposed in the next Congress.
Of Florida’s current Democratic congressional delegation, only South Florida Reps. Lois Frankel, Fredericka Wilson and Alcee Hastings have shown any inclination to support impeachment efforts.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has denounced talk of impeachment this summer. She has frequently criticized prominent Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer for airing television ads calling for Trump’s impeachment, calling it a “gift to Republicans.”