Sarasota Democrats Label Steube Vote Against Honoring Capitol Police ‘Craven Cowardice’

The Sarasota County Democratic Party (SCDP) said today that Rep. Greg Steube’s (R-FL) vote against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Capitol Police for their heroism on January 6, 2021, was an act of “craven cowardice.”

Republican Senate and House Minority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other congressional representatives yesterday in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington to present the highest honor Congress can bestow on the U.S. Capitol Police, the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police, and every hero of Jan. 6 from every agency who responded that day.

“January 6th was a day of horror and heartbreak, yet is also a moment of extraordinary heroism,” Pelosi said. “Standing down deadly violence and despicable bigotry, our law enforcement officers bravely stood in the breach, ensuring that democracy survived on that dark day.”

Sarasota County Democratic Party Chair JoAnne DeVries noted that “Greg Steube’s own official biography says his ‘life has been defined by service,’ and indeed that he served as an Army officer in Iraq. Yet when the time came for him to recognize the bravery and courage of the men and women who risked their own lives to save his, he voted against awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. That vote was an act of craven cowardice.”

Steube was one of 21 Republicans who voted against the legislation, which passed 406-21. He represents the new 17th Congressional District, which now includes central and southern Sarasota County.

At least nine people, including five police officers, died during and after the rioting. More than 100 officers who fought the rioters sustained serious injuries.

“Greg Steube has the honor and privilege of representing Sarasotans in Congress,” DeVries said. “We’re putting him on notice that we will scrutinize his every vote and move over the next two years to ensure he does what’s best for Sarasotans and the country at large.”