Nikki Fried ‘pissed’ that Ron DeSantis signed off on online sales tax collection
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Fried blasted DeSantis in a video from her political committee.

Without fanfare, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off  on a bill to enforce the collection of online sales tax, leaving Florida’s top Democrat “pissed” about the situation.

That’s the message from Nikki Fried, the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in a new video from her personal Twitter account and her political action committee, Florida Consumers First.

Ron’s billion dollar tax hike,” asserted Fried, was done deliberately “right before midnight, with no cameras, and no one watching.” This presented a contrast to his signing of House Bill 1, the so-called “anti-riot” bill.

“He was able to hold a huge press conference taking away your First Amendment rights,” Fried said. “But last night, he took a billion dollars from you, and no one was watching.”

“I’m pissed and you should be pissed too,” she advised, before urging viewers to go tell Floridians that DeSantis “just raised taxes by over a billion dollars.”

While the contrast between the event in Polk County heralding the bill targeting “mob intimidation” and “defund the police” style movements and the late-night announcement of the tax bill signing is stark, the political committee video continues a functional pre-candidacy for Governor for Fried.

Fried, in a Monday night question and answer session with the Duval County Democratic Party, suggested that DeSantis wouldn’t serve out a second term, should he be elected.

“He’s looking at 2024,” Fried said. “If you think that he’s spending one day in his second administration, you are wrong. He is trying to use the people of our state for his own political power and future.”

“If he’s running for President, he will have to declare, you know, right before or right after the November election. Which means the first two years, he’s campaigning all over the country. And his last two years, he’s going to be President. So who gets duped? The people of the state of Florida.”

Fried, who has been exploring a race for months, seems to be a hypothetically strong choice for Democrats. Florida Politics commissioned a poll earlier this year showing a race between Fried and DeSantis as a dead heat.

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]


8 comments

  • Domino

    April 20, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Does Commissioner Fried propose a solution to the otherwise exorbitant unemployment tax rate after last year’s employment collapse?

  • OldGoat

    April 20, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    That’s the first time I’ve ever heard a democrat complain about a new tax?! But then again, if she thinks riots and looting are protected by the first amendment, that explains everything.

  • Your Therapist

    April 20, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Smoke some more MMJ and all your troubles will gently fade away…

  • DONNA MATSON

    April 20, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, Nikki, you’ll never get the vote in SW Florida. DeSantis has done an outstanding job here in Florida, and we want to keep him. Your politics are the WOKE kind and they don’t serve the people of Florida very well. Matter of fact, they don’t serve the United States well either!

  • Arthro

    April 21, 2021 at 4:54 am

    DeSantis is the best Governor in the the US. Yale graduate on baseball scholarship, Harvard Law, US military, former congressman, he fought the tide on lockdowns, implemented an effective strategy to get Floridians vaccinated, kept Florida economy strong, signed HB1, an outstanding leader. Nikki is just using her chair as Agriculture Commissioner to run for Governor. She has no chance, and her attempts to tear down DeSantis are pathetic.

  • James M. Bailey

    April 21, 2021 at 7:30 am

    DeSantis is a fascist thug. He is an accessory to cop-killer Trump’s pandemic mass murder.
    I love Nikki, but she has a lot of personal baggage. She has lost staff who only wanted to protect her. If she’s the nominee, 2022 is going to be ugly.

  • Sheila

    April 27, 2021 at 11:20 am

    We all know how well the Democrats run things. Look at every city ran by them. They are ran in the ground, lawlessness, poverty and filth. Look at our school system, lots government employees out for their pockets not for the people they should be representing. Look at Lee County School board, look at Nancy Pelosi’s neighborhood, look at Lightfoot’s neighborhood.
    Look at the millions that flock to our great nation. They come for freedom. Conservatives want to keep America great and free. Democrats live wealthy while their people suffer on worn out promises like sheep.
    Love America. Be strong and stand up to those pushing the wrong agenda. No thanks Nikki.. And hats of to Ron DeSantis a great man who loves America. Be lions not sheep.

  • Suzie Bento

    April 28, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Refinement … just not there..English 101… possible you could learned a better way to express yourself without street language!!

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