Email insights: Ron DeSantis shares fan letters
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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The 'What They Are Saying' email resurfaces from the Governor's Office.

In recent years, Florida governors have used the “What They Are Saying” email as a way to aggregate supportive statements about controversial policies.

Up until now, those communiqués typically have featured bold-faced names, such as those of legislators or heads of industry organizations, pointing out the wisdom of a given policy.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday used the format not to push a controversial policy move, but to seemingly offer rhetorical support for the Governor’s agenda writ large, in “What they are saying: Florida parents, nurses, small business owners, educators, hospitality workers, and cruisers applaud Gov. Ron DeSantis’ policies.”

The comments had a common theme.

A nurse from Vero Beach said DeSantis was “an inspiration and a big reason we have decided to remain in Florida even though we have family and new grandbabies in another state. We just know there is no other governor who will look out for our well-being and protect us as you do.”

Kimberley Herrala Scott, described as “a concerned mom and new Florida resident moving from California,” offered a similarly impassioned endorsement of the leader who inspired her to move from the Golden State.

“I would say what drew us to Florida is Gov. DeSantis. It seems like he’s the complete opposite of Gov. Newsom. It’s like the tale of two states. You see what Newsom is doing, and it’s a lot of ‘do as I say and not as I do. You look at the economy, the destruction, the homelessness, that Newsom has caused,” Scott said.

“Disney World is open. This was our only escape,” she added.

“You have so much on your plate and you fight for all. I would like to say kudos to you for trying your best to get (Florida) running again,” said an “avid cruiser” from Port St. Lucie.

DeSantis will appear on a Newsmax town hall Wednesday evening, where he no doubt will hear similar things from a live crowd in The Villages with host Sean Spicer.

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]


2 comments

  • Frankie M.

    May 12, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Frankie Marmelade, a Jax Westsider by the grace of GOD & a founding member of the world renowned Frankie Marmelade & the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, said that “Gov. DeSantis is a pimple on the arse of progress and he should stop taking credit from our local officials who successfully navigated us through the pandemic while Ronnie’s henchmen like Halsey Bashears (DBPR) were too busy shutting down breweries and bars so they could vacation with Matt Gaetz and 17 year old females in the Bahamas.

    • zhombre

      May 13, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Frankie Marmelade sounds like an idiot spouting scurrilous nonsense. World renowned? More like derelict with delusions.

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