- Americans For Prosperity-Florida (AFP-FL), a conservative advocacy group, released its 2022 Florida Legislative Scorecard
- Elected lawmakers were scored based on what the group refers to as championing solutions against harmful public policy
- 31 politicians, all Republicans, were given an A+ score, while a further 72 received an A
- Highest scoring Republicans: Rep. Erin Grall, Rep. Mike Beltran, Sen. Jason Brodeur, Sen. Manny Diaz
- Highest scoring Democrats: Rep. Andrew Learned (A), Rep. Matt Willhite (A), Rep. Michael Grieco, Rep. Joseph Casello (A), Rep. Nicholas Duran (A), Rep. James Bush
Americans for Prosperity-Florida (AFP-FL) on Wednesday unveiled its 2022 Florida Legislative Scorecard, highlighting Florida’s elected officials who, as AFP-FL describes, “championed solutions that will create more opportunity for all Floridians while standing up against harmful public policy change.”
In grading members of the Florida Senate and House, 31 lawmakers scored an A+, 72 received an A, 35 received a B, 17 received a C, 3 received a D, and 2 lawmakers –Rep. Jervonte Edmonds and Sen. Perry Thurston— received an F.
“Our legislative scorecard serves as an integral source of information for all Floridians,” said Skylar Zander, AFP-FL State Director. “By communicating the support – or lack thereof – from legislators on the policies that impact Floridians the most, we can help the public understand which lawmakers have fought to empower them to realize their potential, help others, and achieve their vision of the American dream.”
Scoring is calculated on a formula consisting of one point for each “aye” vote on a bill that AFP supported and one point for each “nay” vote on a bill that AFP opposed. The grading scale resembles a report card — an A being awarded to those with 90-99 points, a B to those with 80- 89, and so on. Grades are displayed for each legislator on the scorecard, accompanied by their party affiliation and district, according to the group.
Republicans took all 31 A+ scores, with the highest-scoring Democrats being Rep. Andrew Learned (A), Rep. Matt Willhite (A), Rep. Michael Grieco, Rep. Joseph Casello (A), Rep. Nicholas Duran (A), Rep. James Bush, and Rep. Anna Eskamani (B)
Among those who received the highest rating include Rep. Erin Grall, Rep. Mike Beltran, Sen. Jason Brodeur, Sen. Manny Diaz, who in May was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Education, and Rep. Spencer Roach, among others.
In recent weeks AFP-FL announced that it is backing a series of candidates in the 2022 election cycle. The two House candidates and three Senate candidates to earn AFP Action’s support include Representatives Tom Leek (HD 28) and David Smith (HD 38), as well as Senators Blaise Ingoglia (SD 11), Nick DiCeglie (SD 18), and Bryan Avila (SD 39).
The newest round of endorsements comes on the heels of AFP-FL backing 12 Republican incumbents following the 2022 Legislative Session. The eight House candidates and four Senate candidates to earn AFP Action’s endorsement included Representatives Paul Renner (HD-19), Stan McClain (HD-27), Mike Giallombardo (HD-79), Bob Rommel (HD-81), Lauren Melo (HD-82), Tom Fabricio (HD-110), Alex Rizzo (HD-112), Juan Fernandez-Barquin (HD-118), and Senators Keith Perry (SD-09), Debbie Mayfield (SD-19), Ray Rodrigues (SD-33), and Ana Maria Rodriguez (SD-40).
Additionally, AFP-FL has placed its support behind three Congressional Republicans, including U.S. Representatives Kat Cammack (FL-03), Scott Franklin (FL-15), and Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27).
The group also backed Governor Ron DeSantis‘s re-election campaign in May.