Democrats know they are tasked with basically pulling off the impossible in 2024.
And they just hatched a plan to regain control in one critical battleground state.
Now Chuck Schumer has activated panic mode—and Democrats are gearing up to make a massive political assault on Florida in 2024.
Democrats got their chance to show America what they could accomplish when placed in power—and that turned into one massive hot mess.
Now the party is facing a real nail biter when it comes to retaining control of the Senate.
The Party is in the position of having to fight to keep seats in Ohio, Montana, and West Virginia—all states former President Donald Trump carried easily in 2020.
Democrats will also need to protect their seats in other major battleground states including Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
That’s why Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is looking for every possible opportunity to shore up his razor thin Senate majority (51-49).
Now Florida has emerged as one spot where Democrats might be able to target for picking up a Senate seat next year.
Prior to 2022, Florida was the ultimate battleground state.
Of course, Governor Ron DeSantis left jaws hanging thanks to his historic landslide victory which helped Republicans to win 62 of the state’s 67 counties.
Now Schumer is hoping to change the political course in the newly-minted red state.
The Senate Majority Leader is eyeing Senator Rick Scott’s seat.
Scott just barely won his spot back in 2018, bettering his opponent by only about 10,000 votes.
Losing every statewide elected office to Republicans in recent years has understandably taken a toll on the Sunshine State’s Democrat Party.
That means Democrats are dreaming up the ultimate long-shot stunt by turning to celebrity sports figures to fill the ticket.
Florida Democrats doing their best to convince former NBA stars Dwyane Wade and Grant Hill to run for Senate in the Sunshine State.
According to an NBC News report, Democrats believe finding a “moonshot-type candidate” will be key to locking in a win in a state where Republicans are dominating.
Hall of Famer Hill played for the Orlando Magic for seven years and still resides in the area, despite his co-ownership of the Atlanta Hawks.
Meanwhile, Wade has 15 seasons for the Miami Heat in the books.
During his career he locked in three NBA Championships.
The former NBA pro retired in 2019 and is slated to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame—along with Hill—later this year.
Florida trial lawyer and Democrat megadonor John Morgan is behind the campaign to convince Hill to run next year.
“Grant Hill has great name ID,” Morgan noted. “He would raise a boatload of money and is one of the smartest guys you will ever meet. Grant Hill would beat the s— out of Rick Scott.”
Meanwhile, Wade abandoned the state in 2021.
The NBA star turned transgender rights activist, moved to California from Florida in order to keep his family together since his wife works in Los Angeles.
But recently he started creating a narrative around claiming he left Florida because of the state’s supposed hostility to the LGBTQ movement.
His reach on the Left extends through his son, Zaya, who is a transgender model and social media influencer.
Democrats are aware their chances of convincing either Wade or Hill to enter the race are slim.
After all, neither need to work another day of their lives, much less subject themselves to the insanity of running for office.
Yet, a long shot seems to be all Democrats have left to cling to in Florida.
“Top donors and party leaders know they need different kinds of candidates with pre-existing profiles to mount statewide campaigns,” a Florida Democrat operative explained in an interview with NBC News.
“There’s a short list of retired athletes and business leaders who could fit that bill, and Dwyane Wade tops that list. There are definitely conversations underway about recruiting Wade or a retired athlete like him to challenge Scott.”
It says a lot that Democrats are so desperate for a candidate they’re actively going after a potential candidate who not only left the state, but also expressed his disdain for it in no uncertain terms.
Chuck Schumer certainly has an uphill battle on his hands with the weakest Republican Senate candidates residing in Florida and Texas in the next election cycle.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.