Ron DeSantis says tour of out-of-state police unions is ‘recruitment’ mission
Ron DeSantis on Fox News.

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Unhappy cops 'have a home in Florida.'

Though most indications are that Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for President, the Governor is contending his multi-city tour to talk to police unions doesn’t have anything to do with aspirations of higher office.

Rather, he says it’s about the “recruitment” of unhappy officers from other states to let them know “they have a home in Florida.”

“We’ve put a lot of money into police recruitment. It’s been very successful. And so we want to let people know we’re here. We’ve got a lot of great benefits. You’ll be appreciated and you’ll have policies that work,” he said on “Fox & Friends,” in a segment recorded at a police union breakfast event in Staten Island.

“It’s important to admit that these left-wing policies have failed. They’ve empowered criminals. They’ve put the public at risk. They put law enforcement officers at risk. And so I think that this experiment has concluded and we need to move in the direction where across the board from sea to shining sea, we have a commitment to respect for law enforcement and for law and order.”

DeSantis said “the foundation of Florida’s success has been law and order and support for the people that wear the uniform, and we’ve done that in Florida.”

“We’re now recruiting more and more people from other states. One thousand different officers have gotten $5,000 signing bonuses since July. We want more people from New York and Chicago, these places that they’re not happy. They know you have a home in Florida,” DeSantis said, setting up a contrast between Florida and what he calls “woke cities” that are “anti-police.”

“Those policies have failed. Florida’s policies have succeeded,” DeSantis asserted, saying other cities have been “putting ideology over public safety.”

“You look at, like, New York City,” DeSantis contended. “It was the safest big city probably in the world under (former Mayors) Rudy Giuliani and under Michael Bloomberg and people loved it and now they’ve thrown that all away and you’ve had crime spike.”

The Governor then turned his ire toward policies pushed by progressive prosecutors.

“You have these officers, their lives are now more at risk because they have to risk their lives to put somebody away. But then the judge just releases them. So they end up having to arrest the same guy a week or two later and risk their lives again,” DeSantis said.

“You’ve also seen places like Chicago where these prosecutors are not going after the people. So this has huge effects on quality of life.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Nancy F. Banister

    February 20, 2023 at 9:21 am

    Excellent business decision, Governor DeSantis. What better selling issue for employment in the Great State of Florida than to be told about it by the Top Leader of the State.

    • Ocean Joe

      February 20, 2023 at 10:03 am

      If our unemployment rate is below 3% why do you think we need more people here, and what will the governor tell them about housing affordability, or will they jump the line like his wealthy friends did when the vaccine came out?

      How about staying home, diverting the $10,000,000 he got the legislature to OK for out of state migrant stunts, or the $2,000,000 for election police and around 20 cases brought, to the people who lost their homes to Ian.

      Look, if he’s running for president, and he had over $125,000,000 in his PAC accounts, why can’t he pay for his own politicking?

  • Joe Corsin

    February 20, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Florida is now a far right police state under DeSantis. Hyper capitalist, social darwinist, right wing police state. The right wing propaganda by these empty suits is appalling. Mexican men dressed as women chasing around your kids and trying to give them Fentanyl Halloween candy. Be very afraid.

  • Mac Wiseman

    February 20, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Both Ocean Joe and Joe Corsin (are they the same “Joe’s” ?) are preaching to the dwindling choir of leftys in Florida and the USA along with the dwindling numbers of leftys that still read FP. FP was once ran as a total lefty publication and the few and far between rightous conservative commenters were shouted down by the cacophony of the devil worshiping perverse leftist majority.
    Welcome to the new day new way Joe(s) in which you are the minority that dont have sense enough to jump off the sinking ship of peverse leftist lockstep mindless Democrat all the way down the ballot voters.
    Whats that your demonic messiah B. Hussian Obama used to love to shove down conservative throats time and time again? No you perve Joe’s not his johnson. It was “elections have consequences”.
    Run along now Joe’s this is no longer your home. By By see ya later. Go sign up to post your screed at The New York Times.

    • Tjb

      February 20, 2023 at 11:36 am

      Mac, did you know that Fox News lied to you. Their lawyers stated that Fox News is entertainment and not news and their viewers know this. They stated that if you believed that you getting getting factual news, you are stupid. Mac, do you believe in Fox?

    • Aunt Lolly

      February 20, 2023 at 11:44 am

      You seem to be obsessed with the notion that Democrats are devil worshipers. Judging by the hatred that you spew every time you comment here on FP, I’d say the devil’s got his three-foot tongue up your ass and is using you like a puppet.

    • Brass Biscuit

      February 20, 2023 at 6:19 pm

      Try holding a flashlight under your chin, pointing upward while you recite this posting: way scarier, no?

    • cassandra

      February 21, 2023 at 10:42 pm

      Speaking of “perve” Mackie, you’ve seen that photo of grinning teacher Mr Ron with the teenaged girls hanging all over him, right? Maybe you know, Mackie…where are Mr Ron’s hands??


    February 21, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Just a friendly reminder that the police are not your friends.

  • Ian

    February 24, 2023 at 6:25 am

    It is in fact tax payer funded campaigning

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