After a disheartening election last year, Florida progressives can enjoy the successes in the past few weeks from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. After she came out strongly on on a bill which would soften rape legislation in the name of defunding abortion, House Republicans backed down and admitted drugging a girl and having sex with her is indeed rape.
This comes after Wasserman Schultz, a friend of Gabby Giffords, came out as one of the most forceful and relenting critics of right-wing zeal. When the right was expressing more concern about their own wounded reputations than about the dead victims or wounded congressman, Wasserman Schultz was one of the people keeping the true tragedy front and center and who would not back down from calls for a more civil dialogue.
After losing voices like Alan Grayson, it is refreshing to see Wasserman Schultz getting face time. I have admired her since she was in the Florida Senate, and think she is truly a rising national figure. The best part for those of us who love hearing her is that she resides in a relatively safe seat. Let's hope the Legislature doesn't change that.
It seems to me the party in Florida can take a lot more inspiration from this congresswoman. Her continued success should mean improvements in our standing with Sunshine State voters.