Nikki Fried ‘very close’ to launching 2022 challenge to ‘egotistical’ Ron DeSantis
Will Commissioner Fried challenge the Governor next year?

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Fried again earns a national platform as 2022 looms.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried appeared on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Reid Out to make her case against Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Even as the pandemic (hopefully) enters its final stretch, Fried continued to indict DeSantis for mismanagement of Florida’s response to the coronavirus crisis. By the end of the spot, she told host Joy Reid that she was “very close” to formally launching a 2022 bid against the “egotistical” DeSantis.

“The Governor has not been rational from day one. He has taken this very dogmatic approach to the pandemic. Opened up the state of Florida, never closed it down at the front end, never mandated a mask ordinance. He then tells our local governments to take ownership of the issue and then comes in and went ‘Well, never mind, we’re not going to allow you to enforce your mandates and get rid of your fines and fees,'” Fried lamented.

“He’s taken this approach that he believes he’s right. He’s going to say these things because he’s so focused on his popularity, and he wants to take and have ownership of this Trump lane,” Fried added.

Ironically given her national platform, the Commissioner then chided the Governor for taking his case to “national stages.”

DeSantis, said Fried, is “focusing on this dogmatic approach of ‘just open up the economy’ and ‘we’re going to be fine’ and ‘herd immunity’ and ‘we’re going to be behind this’ and ‘I’m going to go on these national stages, Fox News, and say ‘victory accomplished, look everybody, I was right the whole time.’ He’s very egotistical and he believes he is right.”

DeSantis, who recently came out against vaccine passports and “mandates,” contends that his approach to virus mitigation has been vindicated compared to the “lockdown states.”

DeSantis “continues to try to expand his power every day” through his management of the crisis, Fried said, citing specifically his opposition to vaccine passports.

DeSantis said at a news conference on Monday that he would introduce “an executive function” designed to prevent businesses from refusing to serve customers who were unable to prove they had been vaccinated, while seeking support from the Legislature to enshrine the act into law.

“Every opportunity Ron DeSantis has he continues to siphon [sic] the economy and these free-market businesses that just want to do right by the people who come to enjoy their products or the cruise line industry,” Fried said.

Fried also said DeSantis was focused on “trying to kiss up to Trump” and “get the support of the past president and his supporters.”

With a St. Pete Polls survey showing DeSantis and Fried in a dead heat, it will be interesting to see if Fried is able to match the ever-present nature of DeSantis on Fox News with spots on MSNBC and other news outlets.

Fried contended it’s increasingly clear DeSantis needs to be a one-term governor, and that he is already “focusing on 2024.” Meanwhile, she said that she is “very close to making a decision” regarding 2022.

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]


13 comments

  • just sayin

    April 1, 2021 at 8:27 am

    Oh wow. Pot, meet kettle.

  • Rob Gaynor

    April 1, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Is Nikki another leftist living in fantasy-land, or is she just a liar? The truth is, she is probably both. Florida has fared much better than states with power mad tyrants in charge, and we are in no hurry to join their citizens in their misery. DeSantis is the obvious choice for anyone with a functioning frontal lobe. Perhaps Nikki needs to put down the wacky weed if she thinks she actually has a chance.

    • Tony Berry

      April 1, 2021 at 10:31 am

      Oh, you sad deluded thing. What metrics are you using to make that half witted declaration. He’s sure put us in the lead for covid infections and deaths. If that’s what you r going with, I see your point.

      • Just Beachy

        April 1, 2021 at 12:43 pm

        Oh I see Tony, April Fools right? Yes, that’s what your comment has to be.

      • Mick Varr

        April 1, 2021 at 12:52 pm

        Actually California leads the nation in cases and deaths and they went full on masks and lockdowns… so what happened? When you compare Florida to California in that we have a greater senior population as well, we’re doing pretty damn good.

        • Joshua Kelley

          April 1, 2021 at 2:07 pm

          That’s false. If California had Florida’s death rate, roughly 6,000 more Californians would be dead from COVID-19, and tens of thousands of additional patients likely would have landed in already overburdened hospitals. And if Florida had California’s death rate, roughly 3,000 fewer Floridians would be dead from COVID-19.

          • Mick Varr

            April 1, 2021 at 3:45 pm

            Did I say case/death rate? No I did not.
            Per CDC total cases CA 3.5 million, FL 2 million. Deaths CA 58K vs FL 33K. So what I said was TRUE.
            And the masks did not help (they never did). Nor the shutdowns. But hey, keep up the fear theater 🎭

        • Kalena Warren

          April 1, 2021 at 11:33 pm

          It does not matter stupid ass floriduh has over two millon covid cases and also deathsantis is a low life bobble head bitch boy freedom square nursing home had a lot of positive covid cases and yet people have died in that nursing deathsantis is hiding the real number of deaths and covid cases vote this bitch boy out of fuckin office!!!!!!!

    • Kokolynn

      April 1, 2021 at 11:37 pm

      As they dump radioactive wastewater from Manatee county into Tampa Bay and keep destroying our water. Nikki was born and raised in Florida and cares about this state and it’s environment and health.
      I don’t care if she likes POT, as long as she fixes the environmental issues and helps clean up our water and stop the toxic dump!

  • Tommy boy

    April 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    Good luck to Nikki fried. When the republicans roll out her twisted ties to cannabis industry with Jake the Snake the cheating husband who is going to trial in June with his legal wife. Lets see how the voters react to this… She has been running since she took over Ag commission seat. What has she done other than promote weed and cannabis so her cheating boyfriend can make more money. Democrats will lose another race if she is the nominee,. Alex Sink 2.0…

  • Ron Ogden

    April 1, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    “Egotistical”? Ya know, this is the lady who started off her public service by plastering her photo over every gas pump in Florida. What did it say: “for a good time call. . .the Department of Agriculture”? I think that was it.

  • Kalena Warren

    April 1, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    It does not matter stupid ass floriduh has over two millon covid cases and also deathsantis is a low life bobble head bitch boy freedom square nursing home had a lot of positive covid cases and yet people have died in that nursing deathsantis is hiding the real number of deaths and covid cases vote this bitch boy out of fuckin office!!!!!!!

  • Rich

    April 5, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Is she going for Mosquito control? Otherwise, doing waste your time or money unless you are funded by Antifa, BLM, or SOROS.

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