The Oppo Dump

Oppo Dump: Vulnerable Florida Republicans on LGBTQ Equality

American Bridge releases their first state legislative “oppo dump” focused on Republican lawmakers’ LGBTQ records, read it here.

Today, American Bridge 21st Century — a progressive opposition research group — released the first in a series of “oppo dumps” targeting vulnerable state-level Republicans. The report targets twelve lawmakers and includes their legislative record, donations, statements and questionnaire responses on LGBTQ equality. 

“For too long, Florida’s Republican-controlled state Legislature has pushed dangerous and discriminatory policies that hurt the LGBTQ community and the state’s economy,” said Katie Parrish, spokesperson at American Bridge. “After one of the most hostile anti-equality sessions in Florida’s history this year, it’s time to out these Republicans in flippable districts who refuse to stand up for progress and equality.”

Report Highlights:

  • Jason Brodeur (running for SD-9) hasn’t faced a Democratic competitor since his first election in 2010. He killed a bill that would ban dangerous conversion therapy on children and sponsored a bill that allowed adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ families.
  • Elizabeth Fetterhoff (HD-26) — who won by just 61 votes in 2018 — voted to block local non-discrimination ordinances and believes businesses should be able to discriminate against LGBTQ people. 
  • Chuck Clemons (HD-21) — who won by a slim 2.8% margin in 2018 — has opposed marriage equality, voted to allow dangerous conversion therapy on children and to block local governments from enacting non-discrimination ordinances.

American Bridge’s Oppo Dump is a component of the group’s new state legislative program which aims to help Democrats flip the Florida Legislature through comprehensive candidate research and tracking. The organization will release additional dumps this summer to expose Republican state lawmakers’ records on women’s rights, health care, and education.

Read the report