Footage of Demings’ showdown — in which she scolded Jordan, one of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies, for politicizing a vote on hate crimes against Asian-Americans during a House Judiciary Committee meeting — flew around the Internet, with prominent liberals cheering her willingness to take on the Ohio Republican.
“I would think if Mr. Jordan was so concerned about protecting law enforcement, then he would be very interested, in passing legislation that reduces hate crimes that law enforcement has to deal with.
“And so, what we saw yesterday was just another political game, that he — where he was trying to distract us, distract the Committee, distract the American people, from the real issues, and using, and tried to use, law enforcement as a political pawn.”
This latest episode has re-stoked the buzz around her — prompting politicos to publicly wonder what’s next for her.
To which Demings replied:
“Well as you can see, based on yesterday, we still have a heck of a lot of work to do [in the House]. What I can tell you is I am going to continue to do what I have tried to do in every position I have had, which is to remember my oath and fulfill our most important mission, and that is the protection of the American people, and I am going to continue to do that regardless of the title that I hold.”
Which isn’t a “no!” Or even close!
Even before Demings’ confrontation with Jordan went viral this week, she had kept the door open to running statewide in 2022, when both Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are running for reelection.
“When you’re looking at statewide candidates, whether it’s for governor or senator, then, of course, every state wants the most qualified, the most experienced person who brings unique perspectives, unique backgrounds to the table. I just want states to start realizing that many times, the most experienced person in the room just happens to be a woman. And guess what, [she] just might be a woman of color.”
Demings seems content, at the moment, to keep all of her options open. But given the fundraising requirements of running statewide in Florida — Sen. Rick Scott (R) spent $83 million to win the seat in 2018 — Demings may not have the luxury of much more time.
You can be sure Florida politicos (and Democrats at the national level) are watching her every move very closely for hints of where she plans to spend her political capital — and how.