Nikki Fried smacks Ron DeSantis for ‘failing to do his job’
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried slammed HB 1 Friday.

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Ongoing Plaza Level squabble continues.

Gov. Ron DeSantis likely sees himself as an active Governor, but Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services says he isn’t getting it done.

An email from Florida Consumers First, a political committee aligned with Commissioner Nikki Fried, paints a grim picture of a do-nothing DeSantis, saying “our Governor needs to do his job.”

“For months,” Fried lamented, “I’ve asked for updates on Florida’s unemployment disaster, questionable health data, the $2 billion hole in our state budget, millions of families going hungry, and wildfires that forced thousands to evacuate. And what happened?”

“DeSantis ignored all of it,” Fried lamented. “DeSantis is refusing to answer our questions. He’s refusing to be accountable to the people who gave him and I both 4 million votes. But we’re continuing the pressure.”

The latest example of that pressure, or at least an attempt thereof, came during last week’s Cabinet meeting, in which the Commissioner’s attempts to get issues of priority to her addressed were thwarted by DeSantis.

“There is no reason in the midst of a global pandemic that has seen over 2,300 Floridians perish, over 51,000 sickened and over 1 million Floridians unemployed that this cabinet should not have met since February to consider state business,” Fried said, saying the Cabinet was “left in the dark.”

“Each of us was independently elected by the people of this great state,” Fried said. “Each of us received more than 4 million votes and were put here to do a job. And for the most critical nearly 4 months of this pandemic, this cabinet has been left in the dark.”

The relationship between the Governor’s Office and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been frayed all year.

Fried spent much of the 2020 Legislative Session trying to repel a bid, backed by DeSantis, to move the Office of Energy out of her domain. She succeeded in the end, but not after numerous press availabilities slamming the Governor for a partisan power play.

More recently, the Commissioner called into question the state’s COVID 19 stats, saying people “can’t trust the information” after the dismissal of a former data scientist.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


2 comments

  • ItsTimeforTruth

    May 31, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Nikki, just open the Fried for Governor Campaign and stop pretending that you are actually interested in being Ag Commissioner.

  • Margaret Blustine

    May 31, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    De santis still using rigged forMula for false new cases.alarmingly even his rigged daily up down pattern shows over 2200 new cases in last 2 weeks over the previous 2 weeks. Huge spikes as bad as of b4 loose lockdown for the last 2 weeks show at over 1200 total and increasing deadly.he’s still manipulating every 2nd or 3rd day defrauding fla so can show ..downward trajectory WITHIN..14 days ..not 14 consecutive declining days as cdc fedl says use to open any phases.fla is surging very high numbers average every 7 days even with de santis causing see saw graph to deceive fla numbers were and are so high should not be so deadly open.de santis enforces nothing.a talking head with deflecting manipulated data will destroy economy by end june.many other states use cdc guidelines protect their people.de santis rewrote with defrauding formulas to open and kill with out of control virus.never contained or peaked in fla.still opened .now infecting fast so many fla economy doomed. Like trump doing to america.surging huge as bad as record highs far too many days since opened unsafely.mistake after mistake.didn’t do tight lockdown.let ny flights in always and didn’t enforce “asked” 14 day quarantine.still doesn’t bother.soon hospitals overwhelmed with little supplies the deadly track florida on since open.trump nor de santis don’t get it that opening nation and fla so many states rising high numbers is causing so many surges nationwide worsening daily that economy workers customers will be crashed within 2 months totally for decades.it’s an experiment by them both on americans that is diabolically failing fast.instead of early March spending fedl resources to stop virus pay everyone til safe both trump and de santis chose not spend money or pay people or responders sick or buy supplies til way too late both did way too little still.both talk like fla and america aren’t in a catrosphe and both are still on deadly track to infinity.they talk abt politics and both act like everything’s better and normal.while we are all dying more daily not getting promised money and live in terror every day seeing cases deaths hospitalizations go up up so fast again.media talking local politics.unimportant.compared to stopping trump and de santis false data lies false promises.because by November fla and america be in such bad shape all that matters is getting rid of trump and getting Biden in to fast pay people order supplies for responders pay businesses do guidelines save some of America fast.all thetc things trump and de santis never did and caused nations horrific numbers compared to rest of whole world to be deadly murderous game they playing on americans still.doing nothing stop virus spreading.doing opposite causing surging out of control spreading.Biden will take action fast.trump de santis deflected falsify data using irrational murderous experiment clearly seen failing horrifically now across fla and america.other countries govtmts stopped virus. Ask yourself why trumps america is great didnt?? Because he didn’t want use americas fedl resources to save americans.he knew and could have.he doesn’t care.that’s obvious by americas numbers supposedly a 1st world country did less to protect americans than 3rd world govermts did. He doomed economy didn’t lock down strict 4 weeks early march.now look at fla and america opening and is obvious virus will win more each day.trump and de santis insanity talking normally is irrational as america and fla are in a dire increasing total catastrophic condition.don’t be fooled.look at numbers.now trump calling blacks hurting for their injustices as thugs!! Racist always womanizer always con artist always.stop listening to his ego lies.look at nations numbers compared to world’s countries.is a deadly national disaster trump caused and still won’t pay people and easily could.Pelosi wants people paid and safe.trump signs executivetc order against twitter.when he could have signed many to stop virus and pay everyonextra early March and refused.now look what he’s doing with his time while america dies fast.he doesn’t care about americans very very obvious.or our sickening dying or our dailyterror at lack of caring leadership. Trump must be gone he’s deadly won’t help is a fake president.de santis is a fake lying manipulating deflecting murderer pretending things are getting normal when more surging death daily killing fla people and economy.people think are safer as they both lie to everyone.plants workers ages closed down massive virus.happening more daily.the 6 ft the santizing that won’t work isn’t good enough stop virus in every open business, the rigged open rules all dooming economy fast.both trump and de santis look at numbers.the new normal is fast approaching daily virus deadly track of crashed economy and lives.that’s the true new normal.the posted reported numbers prove theirrational deadly path to dooming fla and america to so many millions tha sick and sick ongoing and dead america will be dead stopped everywhere very fast now.nothing is getting better.virus is winning.both too ego driven to see they both did opposite from beginning to save economy.

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