Stephanie Murphy Gets a Challenger
Armani Salado plans to challenge Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) next year. The 23-year-old University of Central Florida political science student turns 25 in time for Election Day, making him eligible to run for Congress. "My age is something I want voters to look at and see as only a number," the young Republican said in a statement to Orlando Weekly. "Some of Our Founding Fathers and leaders of creating America were men of much younger ages, doing outstanding things to better the lives for themselves, their families, their people, and their young country." His only political experience so far has been working for Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis' gubernatorial campaign last year. Prior to that, he appears to have been pursuing a career as an actor. In 2017, he auditioned for the lead role in Disney's Aladdin. He didn't get it. "It's time to have young representatives who actually represent the demographic layout of the district they come from,” Salado said. Florida’s 7th Congressional District is 59.58% white; 10.66% Black; 4.29% Asian; 25.31% Hispanic; and 0.16% Native American. Salado’s family immigrated from the Dominican Republic to Boston, MA, where he was born, but he spent most of his life in FL. He says he is of Persian, Dominican, Spanish, and Italian descent. Murphy, the incumbent, is Vietnamese American. “We don't need anymore [sic] politicians with scandals, baggage, and controversies,” Salado said -- though it was unclear who he was referencing here. “We need young bold Statesman [sic] who won't back down under pressure," he concluded. More here.