We’re not suggesting it’s even a possibility.
But Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is calling on Florida state lawmakers hold a special session to finalize plans to rid the state of its connection with a Civil War general who holds a place of honor at the National Statuary Hall in the nation’s capital.
The Legislature voted in 2016 to replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, a figure who critics say has a tenuous connection to the state, during a nationwide backlash against Confederate symbols in the wake of the 2015 shooting deaths of nine African-American worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.
But state legislators have since failed to agree on a replacement for Smith, leaving the general — and his successor — in limbo.
Following this weekend’s deadly clash in Charlottesville, sparked by the removal of a Confederate monument, Wasserman Schultz asked Florida lawmakers to hold a special session to address the issue.
“It’s time to stop playing games. No family visiting our nation’s Capitol should have to explain to their child that the statue representing our state honors someone who fought for a philosophy built on hatred and oppression. Governor Scott and the Florida legislature must take immediate action by calling a one-day special session during their upcoming interim committee meetings to pass a bill with one of the three recommendations from the committee established by law: Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Mary McLeod Bethune or George Washington Jenkins. These three Floridians represent the best of the history of our state. The removal of the Confederate statue must be made an urgent priority,” Wasserman Schultz, a former head of the Democratic National Committee, said in a press release issued Tuesday.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King wants all confederate monuments in the Sunshine State removed. More about that here.