DeSantis Keeps Racking Up Political Wins Ahead Of Reelection Bid, Possible WH Bid
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has become a hero to many in the conservative movement over the course of the coronavirus pandemic thanks to his unwavering stance on the principles of freedom that our nation is built upon.
DeSantis has been piling up a ton of very significant political policy victories as he begins to prepare for a reelection bid in the state and also a potential go at the White House in 2024, according to a report Thursday from Politico.
The latest victory he put under his belt took place during a special session that kicked off on Monday and finished up on Wednesday to figure out a plan of attack against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
During that time, the GOP-led Legislature approved a total of four different pieces of legislation that were designed to undercut Biden’s push for folks to get the vaccine.
Politico noted in their piece, “Through the process in the state House and state Senate, DeSantis never commented or publicly stepped foot in the Capitol.”
“The governor can do anything he wants to do,” state GOP Rep. Ardian Zika stated this week, according to the report from Politico.
State Democratic rep. Fentrice Driskell had a very different view of the victories.
“Ultimately this is about power, right?” she stated according to Politico. “This entire special session was a power play on the governor, so it does not behoove the legislative leadership, who seems to be in lockstep with this governor, to speak out in a way that would be contrary to him.”
According to Politico, the legislation that got the most attention was a proposal requiring employers to offer vaccine exemptions tied to a number of factors, including medical conditions and religious beliefs. The bill also gives Attorney General Ashley Moody $5 million to investigate worker complaints.
When the special legislative session started Monday, Republicans were eager to hand DeSantis wins ahead of the 2022 midterms, even though some quietly complained a special session was not needed, Politico reported.
DeSantis, in an unprompted comment, pushed back.
“People said at the time, ‘Well, the governor is doing it because the Legislature, they don’t want to, they are going to do something that won’t be effective,’” DeSantis went on to say during a press conference held last week, said Politico. “That’s not true at all. We have been working both with the speaker and the Senate president to get proposed legislation.”
“The state House got the bills through the House quickly — and Republican members didn’t even debate a measure giving DeSantis $1 million to study withdrawing from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,” Newsmax’s report said.
Democrats have suggested that the GOP was acting as nothing more than puppets for DeSantis, according to the report published by Politico.
“Why are we giving the governor $1 million to do the work of committee and legislative staff?” state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith stated speaking of the OSHA bil.
DeSantis is absolutely positioning himself as someone to keep an eye on for the future as far as a bid for president goes. If Trump doesn’t run in 2024, DeSantis is the likely best option for the Republican Party, which is something he’s proven time and again this year.