Florida leaders congratulate Joe Biden on his rise to the presidency

Steven Lemongello and Mark Skoneki, Orlando Sentinel
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Florida Democratic leaders reacted with elation Saturday to the news that the presidential race had been called for former Vice President Joe Biden.

At the same time, former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, who lost to Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, wrote on Twitter, “Congratulations to President-elect Biden. I have prayed for our President most of my adult life. I will be praying for you and your success. Now is the time to heal deep wounds. Many are counting on you to lead the way.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a statement, "The voters in America have spoken. Now it is time for us to come together behind their leadership and move our country forward.”

“Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden & Vice President-elect Kamala Harris,” U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to working with this new administration to unite this country, rebuild our economy, & improve the lives of American families.”

U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando, a finalist on the short list to have been Biden’s running mate, retweeted her statement from Thursday that “Democracy will win” by adding, 'Democracy wins."

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto tweeted, “What a tremendous victory for the future of America. Together we will end the #COVID19 pandemic, bring our economy back to prosperity and unite the country!”

Stephen Gaskill, president of the Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, said, “Once again, we will have a president who understands and cherishes the role of US leadership throughout the world, defends our civil rights, respects our laws, believes in science, and recognizes the principle that we are one united citizenry working toward our common goals. ... Finally, we can put the blight of the past four years behind us, and look forward to a better future.”

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, has been a harsh critic of the president and of Gov. Ron DeSantis, in part for his administration’s handling of the unemployment compensation system, which broke down in the early months of the coronavirus.

On Twitter, she wrote: .@realDonaldTrump, you’re FIRED! Let me know if you need help applying for unemployment in Florida!"

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally who in recent days has suggested the president should keep fighting to retain his office, could not be reached immediately for comment.



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