Too little, too late? Nikki Fried says Governor needs to do more in COVID-19 fight
Ag Commissioner Fried critiques Governor on Fox Business.

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Coronavirus chasm between commissioner, Governor.

Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services continued Friday to lobby criticisms of the Governor’s coronavirus relief effort, suggesting that even the Friday decision to close bars may be “too little, too late.”

On Fox Business Friday, Democrat Nikki Fried continued to voice qualms about Gov. Ron DeSantis‘s approach to reopening the state, hours after VP Mike Pence noted an “advent of cases” in Florida, with nearly 9,000 of them in the last 24 hours.

Fried has been frustrated with attempts to work with the Governor, and increasingly has taken to cable television to plead her case, which continues to boil down to inadequate coronavirus response.

Friday’s Fox Business hit was the latest example.

The commissioner lamented “tremendous spikes” around the state, suggesting that moves to rein in businesses that have endangered patrons, such as closing crowded bars that the Governor likened to “mayhem … Dance Party USA”, may be “too little, too late.”

“Certainly, we need to be doing more,” Fried said.

“Unfortunately, it might be a little bit too little, too late,” Fried added, pointing out “piecemeal” regulations and enforcement as inconsistencies that should have been worked out by the Executive Branch.

“Without having enforcement in there, people thought this thing was just kind of behind us … mission accomplished here in the state of Florida,” Fried said. “That just wasn’t the case.”

“People let down their guard, let down their sense of security, went out to the bars and restaurants, all these local establishments,” Fried said, noting her thus far rebuffed call for a statewide mask ordinance.

The Governor has noted “a case isn’t a case” in the same way it was months ago, with younger populations getting the virus being less likely to die from it. Commissioner Fried isn’t sold.

“There’s a balancing act. Everyone of the individuals who have tested positive have parents or grandparents … in more vulnerable populations,” she said.

Fried is not alone in castigating the DeSantis response as insufficient.

Senate Democrats this week thrashed the Governor for a lack of “leadership” in the crisis.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • Frankie M.

    June 26, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Mission accomplished! If the mission is getting people killed. #itseasierhere

    • Charlotte Greenbarg

      June 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      Far left troll. Just like mouthy Nikki Blocked

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 28, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Fried thank you! Duffus Desantis does not have the courage to LEAD Floridians! Duffus Desantis only does as the goptrump cult leader trump tells him!!!!

    • SANDRA OLIVA

      June 29, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      bravo, Fitch!! KEY to winning re=election, DiSantis: no masks, no distancing, nobody staying home.

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY FOR THE STUPID REPUBLICANS. NO BRAINS, THEY DEFER TO GOSSIP that they LIKE.

      NEVER , NEVER, EVER TO VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN. BABIES’ BOTTLES FILLED WITH CORVID19 “TO STRENGTHEN THEIR BREATHING DEEPLY”

      (but ONE GOOD THING, THERE WILL BE EVEN FEWER REPUBLICANS ABLE TO VOTE THIS YEAR! )

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