Conservatives list Florida's top Congressional delegates

In other words, this is a reverse list of who liberals might want to keep in office.

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The American Conservative Union Foundation, which uses the acronym ACU (and that's not at all easy to obfuscate into thinking it's the ACLU) has released the list of the 11 Florida conservatives liberals probably want to focus on voting out of office. Of course, they don't call it that — they're calling it their "Annual Ratings of Congress" and its rankings, Chairman Matt Schlapp writes, "reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life."

Some of the issues this conservative group used in rating congress included repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, repealing Dodd-Frank, confirming Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice and tax reform.

"It is our hope that these ratings will serve as a guide showing who you can rely on to fight for conservative principles," Schlapp wrote in a press release, which went on to praise the repeal of Obamacare. 

The ACUF gave 11 Florida congressmen awards for earning scores of 80% or higher: Rep. Ron DeSantis, 96%; Rep. Ted Yoho, 96%; Rep. Daniel Webster, 96%; Rep. Francis Rooney, 96%; Rep. Matt Gaetz, 93%; Rep. Dennis Ross, 90%*; Rep. Bill Posey, 88%; Rep. Gus Bilirakis, 88%**; Sen. Rubio, 84%; Rep. Neal Dunn, 84%; and Rep. Thomas Rooney, 81%.

If you're looking for a Blue Wave, these are the men (and, Rubio aside, they are all white men) to defeat in the coming races. If you're looking to fight the Blue Wave, well, then, job well done. Up to you.

How did the rest of Florida's representatives fare as far as how much of how they voted upheld the conservative agenda? 

John Rutherford, 76%; Vern Buchanan, 72%; Brian Mast, 63%; Mario Diaz-Balart, 63%; Carlose Curbelo, 48%; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 40%; Kathy Castor, 8%; Al Lawson, 8%; Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 5%; Ted Deutch, 4%; and Charlie Crist, 4%.

These representatives scored zero percent, meaning they are not furthering the conservative agenda: Stephanie Murphy, Frederica Wilson, Darren Soto, Val Demings, Alcee Hastings and Lois Frankel.

We're pretty sure this is mere coincidence, but the lowest-scoring (read: most liberal-leaning) 11 congressmen are broken down as such: two black women, two black men, four white women and three white men. 

*Rep. Ross represents parts of Hillsborough, Polk and Lake counties

**Rep. Bilirakis represents parts of Pinellas and Pasco counties


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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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