Incumbent Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy surprised political pundits everywhere Monday morning when she abruptly announced she would not be seeking reelection to represent Florida’s seventh district in the 2022 midterm elections.
Congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini, R-Fla., praised the move which means his only Democrat opponent would officially be dropping out of the race.
This is a golden opportunity for the Republican State representative to pull off a successful win and flip yet another congressional seat red.
“Radical Democrat Murphy is quitting because our America first campaign is picking up huge momentum – it’s time to fix the economy and restore the rule of law in our country,” Sabatini told RSBN.
Anthony Sabatini portrays himself as an America First conservative candidate with a consistent voting record, according to his own campaign website.
During his current term as state representative of the Sunshine State, Sabatini reportedly had four bills signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, and counts with endorsements from other America First candidates such as Reps. Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Madison Cawthorn – all conservatives that have been endorsed by President Trump.
Although Stephanie Murphy markets herself as a centrist or more moderate Democrat for previously threatening to vote against the Biden administration’s $1.75 trillion “Build Back Better” megabill, the incumbent ultimately voted in favor of the controversial spending bill anyway.
Murphy has faced her own fair share of criticism from other politicians, but especially from Republicans such as Sabatini himself. Sabatini claims “Marxist” Murphy is an “America-Last, China-First big government loser with a record of sabotaging President Trump.”
What appears to be inevitable is that the timing of yet another Democrat’s exit from Congress means that many Republicans will come out stronger than ever to fight for those winnable seats in the near future, proposing a confidently red wave for midterms within a White House that is already struggling to keep party factions united.