Senate committee OKs conservatives to state Board of Education
New FL Board of Education members, Esther Byrd, on the left, and Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, on the right, speaking at state board meeting on Mar. 30, 2022. Image via Florida Channel.

The picks will serve on the Board until 2025 if confirmed by the full Senate.

Two arch-conservatives who have been sitting on the Board of Education for a year are advancing through their state Senate confirmation hearings.

Members of the Ethics and Elections committee gave their OK to Esther Byrd of Neptune Beach, who has supported Q-Anon and Jan. 6 insurrectionists in the past, and Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, a Miami radiologist who has spoken out forcefully against trans care for children.

Lawmakers advanced the nominees without a detailed hearing, as part of a swath of 30 appointees at the front of the crowded agenda.

The Board of Education has taken a number of controversial stances, including a recent decision to expand the Parental Rights in Education law through 12th grade. When that law was passed a year ago, it only extended through third grade.

Appointed at the tail end of the 2022 Legislative Session, both Byrd and Christie are finally being vetted by the Senate, with the expectation hat they will be confirmed by Sine Die.

Byrd, the wife of Secretary of State Cord Byrd, made national news with her staunch defense of Capitol insurrectionists in 2021. She offered a defense of those “peacefully protesting” the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election while alluding to “coming civil wars.”

“ANTIFA and BLM can burn and loot buildings and violently attack police and citizens,” Esther Byrd wrote. “But when Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly ‘Law and Order’ is all they can talk about! I can’t even listen to these idiots bellyaching about solving our differences without violence.”

“In the coming civil wars (We the People vs the Radical Left and We the People cleaning up the Republican Party), team rosters are being filled … Every elected official in DC will pick one. There are only 2 teams… With Us [or] Against Us,” Byrd added.

Prior to that, she offered a defense of the Proud Boys on her Facebook page. Those statements came months after Byrd made comments supportive of QAnon after the Byrds were photographed on a boat flying a QAnon flag.

Dr. Christie, a radiologist from Miami, concentrates much of her commentary on gender ideology, including critiques of the transgender community. That includes recent remarks on Twitter.

“Here’s a list of corporations who are promoting sick wacko Dylan Mulvaney a man who prances around pretending to be a 6 yo girl. They are bent on eliminating the family. All they want is disconnected consumers. Led by Joe Biden of course,” she tweeted on April 2.

In Britain and other European countries they are pulling back from transing children, understanding that gender disturbance is, mainly, a passing, socially-conditioned phase. Here (the Biden administration is pushing transing children avidly, even after ill woman went berserk in Nash,” she tweeted, also on April 2.

Byrd and Christie will serve on the Board until 2025 if confirmed.

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


  • Rob Desantos

    April 24, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Esther Byrd’s official Florida DOE page refers to her “25 year career in the legal field ranging from general practice to complex litigation” … this is BS exagerration if not outright lies. She is only a legal assistant for her husband’s law firm, has not ever been a lawyer, likely never even graduated college. She only got this appointment because she is married to a Desanctus puppet and nasty enough human to get Ron & Casey’s attention.

    This is today’s Republican party, full of unqualified cronies and liars.

  • Mr. Haney

    April 25, 2023 at 11:54 am

    In other words, no qualified persons sitting on the board. A typical Republican recipe for success.

  • Rob Desantos

    May 2, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Today’s GQP party wouldn’t have even let “Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie” into the country as a child from Mexico. Now they promote her for being a catholic anti-trans fanatic.

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