Nikki Fried doubles down, resubmits ignored Cabinet agenda requests
Nikki Fried wants more accountability from the Governor over CARES Act funds.

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The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for June 16.

Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried doubled down on Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, resubmitting her same discussion requests that went unfulfilled at the prior Cabinet meeting on May 28.

Fried’s agenda requests include an update on wildfire conditions across the state and the recently signed $380 million federal timber block grant, food distribution efforts in light of Florida’s high unemployment, an update from the Department of Revenue on Florida’s $2 billion loss in state revenue, and a discussion of Florida’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and data integrity particularly concerning the termination of state worker Rebekah Jones.

Fried would also like to hear an update from Surgeon General Scott Rivkees and discuss the appointment of a Chief Judge to the Division of Administrative Hearings, a position which is currently not filled.

Fried has long been critical of DeSantis for his alleged lack of communication with his Cabinet and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the previous Cabinet meeting in May, which took place four months after the last meeting, Fried seized the moment as an opportunity to cut loose on 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,” she said at the May meeting.

As the state’s top Democrat, she has also used the national media to cast stones at the Governor. In May, prior to the most recent Cabinet meeting, Fried swung away while on MSNBC.

“This is a pattern of deception we’ve seen from the Governor over and over again,” Fried said, saying that she was ‘not surprised’ Rebekah Jones, a former worker for the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, was fired for spotlighting her problems with the process.

Fried also called into question the state’s data on the novel coronavirus.

“People can’t trust the information,” Fried said, saying DeSantis’ approach was “right out of the Donald Trump playbook.”

The next Cabinet meeting is scheduled for June 16.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at jason@floridapolitics.com or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.


5 comments

  • Dan

    June 9, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Most of her requests have nothing to do with the Commissioner of Agriculture duties and responsibilities. The governor does not answer to the cabinet but the other way around. Has she opened up all of the offices to issue new Concealed weapons permits yet?

  • jon

    June 9, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Right you are Dan

  • Fried Egg

    June 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Posturing for 2022. Yawn.

  • lumdor

    June 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Bravo, Nikki!
    Commissioner Fried is the Thinking Floridians Real Representative… Not the Sycophants of Trump, that Morceau de Merde, that Are Now ‘Running’ Floridah.
    Tuesday, 3 November 2020, Trump, that Morceau de Merde, will be Defeated by At Least 10 Points!
    Vote by Mail or Absentee Ballot!

  • muy plastico

    June 10, 2020 at 8:41 am

    If she keeps up the frowning, then she’ll have to get more work done. Wouldn’t want those eyebrows to be capable of movement.

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