Behind enemy lines: Nikki Fried makes anti-Ron DeSantis case on Fox News

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Democrat takes her case to DeSantis' base in weekend daytime interview.

In what could be described as equal time, Fox News Channel interviewed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried.

While the Sunday segment was not in one of the widely viewed prime-time opinion-driven shows, it nonetheless afforded Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, some time to make a case to conservative viewers about DeSantis’ faults relative to the handling of the Disney contretemps and the state’s affordable housing crisis.

On the current move to remove Disney’s special taxing district via sunsetting the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967, Fried decried DeSantis seeking “revenge” against the company for opposing the Parental Rights in Education law.

“This was done as a knee-jerk reaction to teach Disney to stay in your place,” Fried said. “Otherwise, we’re going to come and harm you.”

Responding to DeSantis saying Disney overplayed its hand, Fried redirected the question.

“There’s never been a conversation until this moment to change the way that this works,” Fried said of the special district. The issue went farther than just Disney, she added.

“If you dare cross this Governor, there is revenge to be paid,” said Fried. “And that is the problem that I have.”

“It was done for the sole purpose of taking revenge against somebody who dares speak up against the Governor and his agenda,” Fried added.

Moving on to the state’s affordability issues, Fried was presented with a clip of the Governor telling the Ingraham Angle last week that it was a function of untrammeled demand to live in the state.

“People realize who your Governor is, and your state government policy has more impact on you than even the President of the United States,” DeSantis said.

Fried said DeSantis had made Florida “California or New York” and vowed to “declare a state of emergency” about rent prices if elected.

“Instead of tackling those issues that impact people’s lives every single day,” Fried said of housing prices, “he’s getting into a fight with Disney, he’s having special sessions on our Congressional maps, not focusing on the issues.”

A hard break cut off Fried’s train of thought.

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


53 comments

  • Fred Williams

    May 1, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    When will the media challenge Commissioner Nikki Fried on maintaining her concealed carry license contrary to state law?

    Commissioner Fried has publicly stated she uses marijuana. Pursuant to federal law (18 USC 922 (g)(3)) she may not lawfully purchase or possess a firearm. Being federally prohibited, she is not eligible to maintain a Florida concealed carry license (FSS 790.06(2)( n ) and 790.06(10)(a)).

    If Commissioner Fried will not publicly state she has either surrendered, suspended, or revoked her own concealed carry license, when will media begin investigating her unethical behavior?

    • Private

      May 1, 2022 at 6:10 pm

      Don’t hold your breath.

      • Private

        May 1, 2022 at 6:14 pm

        Won’t be soon enough.

    • Steve Crane

      May 2, 2022 at 2:13 pm

      Wait, what? People who smoke pot can’t have guns but alcohol drinkers can? In what world does that make any sense?

    • Tim

      May 2, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      That law will be changed soon. She has a prescription. When you get out of surgery and are prescribed pain pills the state does not require you to turn in your Concealed weapons permit.
      I have a misdemeanor pot charge on my record. The FBI still gave me a concealed weapons permit. They don’t care… why should you?
      With that being said… I am still voting DeSantis. For Governor or President. He has my vote

    • Dan

      May 2, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      Great catch!

      With the surge in medical marijuana use, I bet there are hundreds of thousands of unlawfully maintained concealed carry licenses that can be revoked.

      I’m with ya bud! Get rid of all concealed carry licenses for anyone that has a medical marijuana card.

      • Matthew Lusk

        May 3, 2022 at 9:43 am

        Open and concealed carry for anyone 18 and older, including felons off parole. Every thing is obtainable on the black market anyway and if certain convicted felons will break in to steal a gun, it only proves their wrist slap sentence was to short. legalize all drugs other than military grade poisons. Primary candidate voting matters

      • The.Truth.Comes.Out.In.The.End

        May 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

        How about getting rid of concealed carry for anyone without a valid reason. Just because I want one should not be a valid reason. I know people with a concealed carry permit. They scare the crap out of me that they even own a weapon, let alone have a concealed carry permit.

    • El Mayimbe

      May 3, 2022 at 10:26 am

      I’m a republican and even I think this is a moronic statement.

  • Impeach Biden

    May 1, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Nikki Fried. Ever since she somehow become the Agriculture Commissioner she has used her position to attack our outstanding Governor daily. Well it didn’t work. Early on she had the help of an unstable person, Rebekah Jones aka. the fake Scientist, assist her in her campaign to smear DeSantis. That didn’t work either. Its just about the end of the line for Fried. When you are out of politics here shortly think back to how you could have handled yourself in a more professional and respectful manner to the Governor. Buh Bye Nikki Fried.

    • Brass Biscuit

      May 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm

      Never let it be forgotten that DeSantis lowered Florida state flags at half-staff for Rush Limbaugh. How you you “smear” somebody who wears the tattoo?

      • Impeach Biden

        May 1, 2022 at 5:31 pm

        So what was wrong with that? He was a Florida resident, extremely charitable, and wildly popular. It was a nice gesture for him. You have a problem with it because you didn’t care for Limbaugh’s opinion. I would be upset let’s say if Fried was Governor and she lowered the flag for someone like Joy Reid, or Joy Behar.😜

        • Good job

          May 2, 2022 at 6:29 am

          I’m proud to say that rush has been sober for 1 year lol

    • Same thing

      May 2, 2022 at 6:27 am

      You sound like Chinese state media lol

  • tom palmer

    May 1, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Joy Reid is still alive. WTF are you talking about? Fried is not going to win the primary anyway, Nice to know you people do not want a woman or a Jew to be elected.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 1, 2022 at 5:41 pm

      You make strange assumptions. Surprised you didn’t call me a racist as well since I mentioned Joy Reid. Read carefully what I said you triggered Dem. It was just for comparisons only. Breathe in and breathe out.

      • Impeach lunacy

        May 2, 2022 at 7:52 pm

        “I’m not triggered, you are!”
        -Impeach Biden

      • The.Truth.Comes.Out.In.The.End

        May 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm

        Ok, you’re a racist. Wouldn’t surprise me anyway. BTW, I’m a conservative. I can no longer call myself a republican after the absolute disgrace of our past President and his worshipers. How can people call themselves Christians and support someone who is so un-Christ-like?

  • Jean Wingo

    May 1, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I wouldn’t mind the other side presented, but nothing she sai is accurate…all spin!

    • Ocean Joe

      May 1, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      Listening to the tape, she sounds pretty accurate. We have no available rentals in my area, horror stories about rent increases, home prices are through the roof, lower paid employees come in on a bus from Dade county. The future for young people here is pretty bleak. Can’t blame all this on the governor, but economic problems facing us are a lot more important than his petty, daily contrived fantasies about the far left or his political stunts, whether it’s sending 50 cops to Texas or going after Disney or stripping funds from school districts that required masks. As insurance costs rise, so will mortgage payments, and rents, and now he calls a special session to address it, wasting the regular session on gerrymandering our congressional districts instead. Not spin, fact.
      The governor’s petty penchant for revenge is the one thing that will derail him. Wait for it. Nikki has guts to say what needs to be said.

      • Matthew Lusk

        May 3, 2022 at 9:29 am

        Local zoning boards and building inspectors make very affordable and clean slum housing illegal. Young people and poor people don’t need a mansion to live in. Just a bathroom and a sleeping room on a one acre lot. Grill outside!

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 1, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Nicki makes a good case and it’s pretty gutsy to go on Fox, a less than legit network, but this is not her time. Getting DeSantis out of office and saving our state does require we all pitch in, however. He is without a doubt the worst leader I’ve seen in 40 years as a Floridian. Besides the obvious self serving BS he spouts daily, personally, I can’t seem to remember any past governor who declared war on public education, teachers, books, and school districts And the bullying, the retribution against anybody who dares to defy him, it’s truly unbelievable and sad..

    • Impeach Biden

      May 1, 2022 at 8:23 pm

      I guess you think CNN and MSNBC are legit. Now if Andrew Gillum had one the Governor election in 2018 I would agree he would have been the worst thing that happened to Florida. DeSantis is a modern day Reagan. He has a big future ahead of him. Get use to it.

      • Antonio

        May 2, 2022 at 10:40 am

        People that don’t like Desantis always seem to forget how much worse off we would be had Andrew Gillum been governor instead of Desantis. The guy was being investigated for taking bribes, was talking about raising taxes, supported getting rid of US Immigration and Customs enforcement, and was found passed out naked and overdosed on methamphetamine in a Miami hotel. Yeah, we dodged a bullet not electing that guy.

    • Thomas

      May 2, 2022 at 6:28 pm

      You are sad…when you think it is ok for teachers to talk to young children and sex. You are not sad…you are pathetic!!

    • Matthew Lusk

      May 3, 2022 at 9:31 am

      He’s never declared a war on teachers, just uneducated public instructors and sex perverts. What’s wrong with that?

  • Andrew K Dickey

    May 1, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I guess DeSantis has never heard that famous American quote “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it”

  • Tom

    May 2, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Memo to N Fraud:

    Frauds Letterman cheap theatric dog tricks get her no where. Ocean and the rest of you haters, Nikki has nothing to expose.

    Florida’s economy is awesome. It’s top 10 in the country. We had a CDC imposed rental moratorium, it created a mess on rentals and owners. Furthermore, the home sale market in Florida is of highest demand. Florida is the desired place to be. An oasis of life, liberty, freedom and opportunity. Unemployment is at 3.2%, people work, earn, prosper, live and enjoy.
    Jobs, wage growth, opportunities, growth, school vouchers for poor, technical trade school, environmental policy, so much more accomplished.

    DeSantis defeats either one big, 53% vs Camillion. 55% vs Fraud. Neither one comes close to defeat America’s Governor. Bigly!

    It’s truly fascinating the fiction, hate and lies Palmer, ocean Joe and others engage in. Really pathetic. So if fraud loses its racism. She is disgusting. Camillion is a weathervane.
    You are down 125,000 hard party registration, and growing. It’s a 325,000 flip. Biden’s disapproval is 36% in Florida.

    Florida is the Mecca of economy, life and opportunity.

  • Tom

    May 2, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Memo to n. fraud:

    Your Letterman cheap dog tricks accomplish nothing. Yeah you maybe picked up one vote. You conduct yourself like a stained, stalker woman. Night stalker Nikki. Meaningless, no accomplishments, all your polling reflects disdain. That is not racist ocean and Palmer, She’s awful.

    America’s Governor has the best state in the county, $15 billion in reserves, 3.2% unemployment, 8.7% wage growth. Jobs, employment opportunities, environment, opportunity galore. Wonderful quality of life, people happy, enjoying prosperity and life.

    Rising tide for all, not a few like Dums policy,

    Florida is the beacon, Mecca opportunity. People flocking here. Families happy and safe.
    Education, Public School vouchers for poor, trade and technical school, junior college trade opportunities, manufacturing jobs and growth.

    Meanwhile, Biden/Harris approval is 36% in Florida, good luck overcoming that losers. People eating pet food in America thanks the Biden/Harris. 7 out of 10 Americans disagree with Biden on inflation-economy.

    Camillion loses 53.5% and or Fraud loses 55% to America’s Governor, neither one wins!

    Additional memo to Palmer, ocean Joe, it ain’t racist to oppose fraud. She is an embarrassment.

    Florida under America’s Governor is the Mecca for economic freedom for all. DeSantis is adored now by freedom loving Americans, in state and out.

    Housing opportunities are being addressed in the budget starting July 1. Increased rental access.

    Repubs. Up 120,000 on hard registration vs D’s. It’s a 350,000 flip from Dems.

    America’s Gov wins bigly!

    • Tjb

      May 2, 2022 at 10:55 am

      “Housing opportunities are being addressed on July 1” . Similar statement made by the Fire Chief, “ we will send the fire department to the fire, after the house burns down”.
      DeSantis is very proactive on non existent problems ( ex. Voter fraud and CRT being taught in K to 12) , but on real problems he reactive at best.

      • Tom

        May 2, 2022 at 12:14 pm

        Tjb and all Manchurian nation.

        It takes a legislature to my neophyte FP Dem, Dum Manchurians.

        The Legislature and awaiting Govs signature in budget allotted up to $200 million towards housing needs.
        Significant.

        Respectfully, Tjb you are wrong. Florida led on Covid seniors inoculations, America’s Gov led way. Biden’s HHS says so. Just saying.
        America’s Gov led on distribution on Monoclonals Tjb. Just saying.
        America’s Gov leads on Florida’s economy, 3.2% unemployment. Manufacturing jobs on fire in Florida thanks to Ron. 8.7% wage growth, Biden’s inflation destroying people. School vouchers expanded for poor/minorities. Just saying. Educators, law enforcement, first responders. Two raises, bonuses. Just saying. So much more he has accomplished. $15 billion in reserves by this great steward Gov!

        Florida the Mecca economic example. Independents, Hispanics love him. You whiners loved fondler Gov Cuomo, LMAO. The tyrant.

        You guys need real talking points, but very hard against America’s Gov.

        Camillion. Fraud no chance!
        America’s Gov do for America what you have done for Florida. The best!

      • Tom

        May 2, 2022 at 12:36 pm

        Tjb:

        Housing appropriations come from the legislature my neophyte Manchurian nation members.

        See this is a democratic process, unlike your fixation of media, internet and elections. As the only waysyou can win.

        America’s Gov the best! No contest for Dums. The DNC is pulling out. Biden’s abysmal. 36% Florida approval. LMAO. DeSantis the best!

        Florida legislature allocated 200 billion towards housing needs. Section 8 etc. It is called a new budget, awaiting full review and Govs signature. That’s how a bill becomes law. Watch School house rock 101.

        My comments are above, once again silence from Manchurian nation.
        I am the legend of FP.

        • Tjb

          May 2, 2022 at 2:30 pm

          Hey alleged legend,
          When Ronnie wants something, he can easily get the bill and appropriations thru the legislative process in Tallahassee . On this issue he could had this bill in play eight months ago.

          Why did he have renters and homeowners suffer financially longer than they needed?

          Tom, as a Putin Puppet, you need to understand how the Democratic process works, if you want to be a legend and not the village idiot.

          • Tom

            May 2, 2022 at 2:57 pm

            Tjb:

            The legislature meets according to calendar yearly. This rental issue was not active last year as the moratorium was in play.

            After the moratorium you have had market forces in play. You know what loser, people who own, rent property have the right to raise rents. You obviously are ignorant and do not understand the market, legislative process and or politics. Just a Dem, Dum Manchurian. I place facts in the public square un like your idiocy.

            Yes I am the legend of FP, well established as I have defeated many Manchurians who thought they owned FP. You losers have no facts, no substance nor can you defend the past painful 18 months. Inflation Gas, oil, inflation, food, computer chips, and foreign debacles abroad.
            Biden illegally continued the moratorium and caused the rent to spike.

            Facts are not on the side of the Dum Dems. America’s Gov wipes the floor everyday with the likes of you.

            My stage is not the village pal, I am a national legend. You are a PUD.

            You can’t recite anything substantive.
            Just a clueless Manchurian.

            Legislature has to approve the funding you village moron.

            Tjb, you Are the ignorant fool, daily double winner, Unique. Spare me, you can’t play with me. Only those who to”refer to Putin as puppet are the real ones.

            Dumb and stupid is no way to go through life Tjb, you missed that.

          • Tom

            May 2, 2022 at 9:40 pm

            You can shove the Putin puppet up your ass Tjb. Your inability to convey anything in substantive manner speaks for itself.

  • Tjb

    May 2, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Tom and Impeach Biden are my favorite Putin Puppets and Trolls.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 2, 2022 at 9:49 am

      I love u too TJB. Someone has got to counter the “State Run Media”😄

      • Tjb

        May 2, 2022 at 10:59 am

        Thank god that you are not a Christina Pushaw troll. She is the personification of hate speech.

    • Tom

      May 2, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Tjb,
      Trump, Jan 6, Putin, Wah, Wah.
      Your mental incapacity is telling Tjb.
      So ignorant. You obviously teach the Manchurian class. Good going.
      So pathetic.

      • tjb

        May 2, 2022 at 4:57 pm

        News Flas h!!!
        DeSantis calls for a special session to address Florida property insurance. The official start of the special session is Monday, May 23.

        Tom, the alleged national legend, how many special sessions ( legislature meetings) have there been up in Tallahasse since they met back in session during September 2021? You are saying there has only been one?

        Also, to respond to your statement— landlords have the right to raise rents — yes — but by how much and for what reasons? I hope that you are a renter and your landlord increases your rent by 50% and only gives you five days to agree — if not, you will be evicted in five days.
        A homeless Tom would be an interesting character.

        • Tom

          May 2, 2022 at 6:24 pm

          I own homes, no need for your fake concern. You are real brave on a key board. Feel free to meet in person.

          Regardless, landlords can raise rents, without you or anyone else’s permission. Biden’s ill fated and unnecessarily prolonged moratorium caused it. We saw this in the 70’s, with Nixon’s wage and price controls.

          The legislature addressed housing in the budget. Budgeted. $200 million. If they need more I’m Sure they will do so. The special session is about the home insurance market, as they passed a bill last year. They were working on it but big the easiest solution on insurance. Florida’s extreme weather is difficult risk.

          You 5 yr old. The Dums own the economy, Biden’s abysmal, Dems will be extinct in Florida after Nov election.

        • Tom

          May 2, 2022 at 6:41 pm

          Tjb, No one has suggested any specials.

          The regular order of this year attempted to address the housing challenges. If they had not addressed it, it would be needed. Time will tell how the $200 million plays out.

          My goodness, you need help. Call JD.

    • Dr Jones

      May 3, 2022 at 10:42 am

      Tom is actually one of many personalities sharing the same body. At least three going by Tom. One going by Mike something. Eric Jr. Donvanka. Woolania. All the same poor sick person.

      • Tom

        May 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

        Only one Tom the legend, that’s me. As for you, prostitute galore.
        Loser!

      • Tom

        May 3, 2022 at 3:55 pm

        Only one Tom the legend, that’s me. As for you, prostitute galore.
        Loser!

  • grizzled_warrior

    May 2, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    The good news: when DeSanta passes “constitutional carry” allowing every stump jumper and shit kicker in Florida to tote guns with impunity, sooner or later a lowlife mouth breather/knuckle dragger will use his shootin’ iron to blow DeSanta’s head off.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 2, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      Or maybe Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. How about the Sun-Sentinel editorial staff.

    • Thomas McCawley

      May 2, 2022 at 7:53 pm

      “a lowlife mouth breather/knuckle dragger”

      Freedom means that even Democrats have to be given the same rights as others.

  • Matthew Lusk

    May 3, 2022 at 9:23 am

    What States need to do to get the Bible and Josephus unbanned from education is to lease out each County facility to local teacher’s co-ops run in a business like manner by for profit co-op boards, competitive bid for a 10 year lease with maintenance requirements, Funding paid by per child State voucher. School Choice, must provide own transportation outside a local area. School vouchers also for small private schools and home schools. A Nation not under God is doomed to failure.

  • Donald J Trump (@realdonaldtrump)

    May 3, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Nikki Fried is a very corrupt candidate that has no chance to win against Desantis.

  • It's Complicated

    May 3, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    I don’t watch any of these news channels. Do they run a laugh track when they have a guest like Nikki Fried?

    • Tom

      May 3, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      Yes they should. LOL

  • Brian F

    May 4, 2022 at 9:28 am

    DeSantis is a wanna-be Dictator. He should be washing cars instead of yelling at students and beating on his chest on FUXNews.

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