Tuesday, January 23, 2024

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: DeSantis officials, staff depart capital in droves to knock on doors before Iowa Caucuses. (USA Today Network)

Can you imagine being compelled or induced to go to Iowa and campaign for insolent insipid uninspiring Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS in sub-zero temperatures?  As JFK said, "sometimes party loyalty demands too much."  From USA Today Network: 

DeSantis officials, staff depart capital in droves to knock on doors before Iowa Caucuses

Win or lose, he's getting a lot of help from his friends.

Staff report
USA TODAY Network – Florida
January 15, 2024

Wherever Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finishes in Monday's Iowa caucuses, you can't say it was for lack of a ground game.

And he had a lot of help from his friends, allies and appointees.

Volunteers for DeSantis headed to Iowa in droves this weekend, to knock on voters' doors and urge them to cast their ballots for the man often referred to as "America's Governor."

Most notable, as multiple social media posts show, was the number of high-ranking elected officials, department heads and other members of his administration who braved sub-zero temperatures to turn out the vote, even causing what appeared to be a momentary political "brain drain" in the Sunshine State.

"The fact that hundreds of state employees in Florida are taking personal leave and paying their own way to (volunteer) for their boss in Iowa ... should tell you all you need to know about the kind of leader @RonDeSantis has been," wrote Kyle Lamb, a research and data specialist for the state's Department of Commerce.

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, posted a photo with House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, saying it was "great to be here in Iowa with my friend Speaker @Paul_Renner, working the phones for America's Governor...!"

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez also was in the Hawkeye State with husband Adrian "knocking on doors and speaking to Iowans about our great Governor," she posted.

Amid this year's 60-day legislative session (the Legislature was off Monday, however, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day), a slew of GOP state lawmakers also were pounding sidewalks in frosty Iowa, including Sen. Danny Burgess, Rep. Michelle Salzman, Rep. Joel Rudman, and Sen. Blaise Ingoglia, a former Florida GOP chair.

Executive branch agency heads also flew to Iowa to support their boss, including:

  • Florida Commerce Secretary (and acting chief of staff) Alex Kelly.
  • Florida Lottery Secretary John Davis.
  • Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles director Dave Kerner (who's a Democrat).
  • Juvenile Justice Secretary Eric Hall.
  • Corrections Secretary Ricky Dixon.
  • Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr.
  • Professional & Business Regulation Secretary Melanie Griffin.
  • Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Jason Weida.

State Sen. Keith Perry, Elder Affairs Secretary Michelle Branham and Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo formed their own door-knocking team and braved minus 9 degree temperatures, Branham wrote.

Of course, members of DeSantis' own staff in the Executive Office of the Governor were there, as seen in social media posts, such as deputy chiefs of staff, his official press secretary, and Director of Policy & Budget Chris Spencer, one of the governor's longest serving aides.

Some critics on social media asked — some humorously, some not — who was left in Tallahassee to run the state in case of emergency. A request for comment is pending with the governor's office.

Finally, at least one Florida Cabinet member was in Iowa to support the governor: Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Who'd we miss? Let us know about other DeSantis administration officials and staffers who are posting from Iowa. Drop us a line at news@tallahassee.com.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He complained about lawfare, but has no insight. Conservative politicians don't want to work with the other side and it's a democracy! What else are they supposed to do to get such people back to behaving like they are in a democratic country and not a fight against other Americans? So they shouldn't complain if they've chosen the wrong path and started the problems in the first place.. opposing every single thing that's put in front of them. That's not government, leadership, and democracy. That's dereliction of duty and obstruction of government. Their voters have the collective IQ of a cat.