Ron DeSantis said Florida getting ‘short end of the stick’ in COVID-19 relief package
Gov. Ron DeSantis

Governor predicts Congress will reward states who hurt own economies with lockdowns.

By Gov. Ron DeSantis’ telling, Congress today will punish Florida for getting coronavirus response right and help New York for doing it wrong.

“They are rewarding states with highest unemployment rates,” DeSantis told Fox and Friends. “So if you locked down, if you destroyed your own economy through your own policies, you are getting a windfall. And the states like Florida, who worked to put people back to work, that have saved our economies, we end up getting the short end of the stick.”

That was a reference to a coronavirus relief package expected to come up for a vote in Congress Friday.

DeSantis spoke to the right-leaning cable network ahead of a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, which kicks off in Orlando today. CPAC takes place in the Sunshine State this year in part because the state no longer has any lockdowns in place forbidding high attendance events.

That’s something the Governor also addressed. He alluded to a weather report earlier in the hour that showed how a cold snap has struck most of the nation but not Florida. While that’s better ascribed to meteorology, the Republican Governor was happy to highlight both Florida’s ecological and political environment.

“I’ll take 65 (degrees) with a whiff of freedom over 35 under the yoke of lockdown any day of the week and twice on Sunday,” DeSantis.

He did not mention that Florida indeed did go under lockdown early in the pandemic, hence the reopening in subsequent months.

But he said the state feels excited to have a large gathering like CPAC take place in Florida again.

“They were predicting economic doom, particularly for Florida, because we are tourism based,” he said. “Our tourism isn’t back by any stretch, and yet, we’re getting huge revenue into the state with no tax increases, we’re going to have a budget surplus, and we’re clicking on all cylinders.”

That’s a somewhat surprising assessment of the budget. As the Florida Legislature prepared to go into session, appropriations chiefs are warning Florida to expect significant budget cuts.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • GD

    February 26, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Didn’t mention we have one of the worse death, infection rates in the country, world because of his, Trumps stupid polices like not mandating masks and reopening 2 wks too fast.
    The only reason things are not much worse is people ignored DeSantis and wore masks, etc because they were not stupid.
    Except the young which will pay the price in long haul problems 10% get and maybe infecting, killing family members.
    Elections re coming and Floridians won’t forget and repubs should be worried after screwing up unemployment on purpose, covid, vaccines, keeping people from voting, not doing what we tell them to by voting for things is coming due.

    • Working mon

      February 27, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      You are lying of course, as of yesterday floor is 27 of 52in death rate. Florida
      Elections are coming and the conservatives will kick out every sorry Democrat, too lazy to go to work wanting to live off the backs on the rest of us!

    • Nicole Bradberry

      February 27, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Actually 37th out of 50th not normalized for the oldest population. We did great!

    • Valerie

      February 28, 2021 at 11:31 pm

      If that is true it’s because Florida is a retirement state

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 26, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Duffus Desantis is lying cause
    Duffus Desantis is telling Fox News. Duffus Desantis can’t bs main stream media. Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022!

    • Working mom

      February 27, 2021 at 1:37 pm

      As always Sonja spewing her ridiculous garbage without a single FACT to back it up!!

  • Beth

    February 27, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Has the trumpian sociopath once mentioned the death toll in Florida? DeSantis does not give a damn about FL or the United States. He supported the big lie and the murderous coup attempt. He cares about one thing and one thing only, lining his own pockets. Can’t wait until he is voted out and sent to the trash heap of history with his creepy master.

    • Working Mom

      February 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      Of course people have died because that was the intention of China & the globalists! Kill off the old people make room for the illegal cheap labor!

      • Tjb

        February 28, 2021 at 10:34 am

        Working Mom, you accuse Sonja for not using facts. I would do serious fact checking on your statement about China and the globalists.

    • Real Facts

      February 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      Math doesn’t lie. 37th out of 50th not normalized for oldest population which makes us almost the best.

  • cornelius cosentino

    February 27, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    FOX GOP RON Lies Kill stop lying

  • Loretta

    February 28, 2021 at 7:54 am

    The Gov says we have a surplus of TAX MONEY so why not buy vaccines for RESIDENTS OVER 65?

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 28, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Working Mom. It is your problem
    With the facts! Duffus Desantis has willingly slaughtered Floridians to be the cool guy for the goptrump death cult and the GOPQ cult! Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022

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