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Ron DeSantis celebrates ‘100 days of bold action’ with video

More evidence that Ron DeSantis isn’t Rick Scott.

The Legislative Session is in full-swing, but that didn’t stop Gov. Ron DeSantis from releasing a video Thursday celebrating his first 100 days.

The video, under three minutes long, pivots from one early-term accomplishment to another.

DeSantis, who enjoys strong numbers in public polls, spotlighted his schedule of public events

“During my Inaugural Address, I agreed with Hamilton that, ‘Energy in the executive is the leading character in the definition of good government,’” said Governor DeSantis.

“That’s why I’ve held 100 public events during my first 100 days in office. I will continue working with the Legislature and Floridians should know I will do whatever it takes to achieve our goals. Let’s fight the good fight and keep up the hard work,” DeSantis added.

The video spotlights an array of decisive moves in the early going, some of them at odds with expectations that DeSantis would represent a continuation of the Gov. Rick Scott era.

“The Governor is doing what the people want … reaching across the aisle … impressing his Democratic opponents,” asserted a trio of voices early in the video.

Environmental reforms were a key focus of the video, including hiring a chief science officer and attention to red tide and green algae, and recommending $2.5 billion in four years for Everglades restoration.

DeSantis also spotlighted his signing of smokable medical cannabis legislation.

“I want people to be able to have their suffering relieved” was the pull quote.

Additionally, the pardoning of the Groveland Four (something that the previous Cabinet couldn’t find a way to) was noted.

“It’s never too late to do the right thing,” was the excerpted quote on that item.

Opioid response. A push for Canadian pharmaceutical imports. These were among the bi-partisan messages

As well, DeSantis spotlighted moves more attuned to the base, such as the “historic commitment” from the Donald Trump Administration to restoration and recovery after 2018’s Hurricane Michael, and moves against sanctuary cities.

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Joe Gruters issued his own statement of commendation of the new Governor.

“Governor DeSantis has fulfilled a multitude of campaign promises in his first 100 days, further proving he is a governor that keeps his word and works tirelessly for all Floridians,” Gruters said.

“From bold initiatives to protect the environment, advocating for all children to have access to an education system that matches the way they learn, unwavering support for our law enforcement, supporting freedom for Cuba and Venezuela, standing with Israel and against discrimination of any kind, to holding elected officials accountable and making judicial appointments who will not legislate from the bench – Governor DeSantis has blazed a trail over these last 100 days for the people of Florida,” Gruters added.

“As we near the end of the legislative session, I cannot wait to see what is collectively accomplished by Governor DeSantis, President Galvano, Speaker Oliva and the Florida Legislature on behalf of all Floridians,” Gruters closed.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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