He is a dictator who does not return my calls
Florida is currently experiencing a severe spike in COVID-19. However, you wouldn’t know if you listened to Ron DeSantis. The governor is much more interested in waging a culture war than protecting his people.
And the people in the Sunshine State are suffering. And given the vaccination rates, unvaccinated Republicans are far more likely to be in the hospital than Democrats. But DeSantis has the heels firmly under control. For him, right now the point is to punish people who oppose him rather than protect those who support him.
Republican Mayor Carlos Hernandez said: “He’s a dictator. It’s a shame because we’re paying the price. “
Fort Lauderdale Democratic Mayor Dean Trantalis said: “Florida is a big state, and every corner of the state has its own challenges, so it’s difficult to come up with a consistent approach. “
And Democrat Rick Kriseman, who oversees St. Petersburg, declared, “Me have never spoken to Ron DeSantis before. He never called me, and the times I tried to reach him and speak to him, be it by phone or in Tallahassee, I never got permission or an opportunity to have an audience with him. “
DeSantis doesn’t seem to be concerned about the criticism. Christina Pushaw, his press officer, said: “Since when have dictators put individual rights above the unchecked expansion of government power? “
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.