Jimmy Patronis drags Disney for using Ron DeSantis as ‘scapegoat’

'It doesn't have a Ron DeSantis problem. It has a Disney problem.'

Florida’s CFO is arguing that The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t have a “Ron DeSantis problem,” but rather a “Disney problem.”

During an interview on the Fox Business Network’sMornings with Maria,” Jimmy Patronis said that the company is trying to “scapegoat” the Florida Governor to cover up for a failing business model.

“Look, any time that a cast member forgets their Goofy costume or a Storm Trooper stubs their toe, they’re going to blame Ron DeSantis because there’s a lawsuit taking place. They’re going to go leak it to the federally-owned New York Times.”

Charging a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” against DeSantis in the wake of the company’s objection to “Parental Rights in Education” legislation last year, Disney indeed has a federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court’s Northern Florida District.

“It’s a continuous drip, drip, drip by Disney as they have gotten themselves a mess,” Patronis added. “Disney doesn’t have a Florida problem. It doesn’t have a Ron DeSantis problem. It has a Disney problem.”

This week, the company canceled plans to move a California division of more than 2,000 Disney employees to Lake Nona, citing “changing business conditions” as a factor. Patronis believes the responsibility for those changes is Disney’s alone.

“Right now they’re losing millions of subscribers on (Disney+). They’re closing their flagship Star Wars Hotel. They are making decisions financially that they have to do, just like Google and Amazon laying off people,” Patronis said.

“So it’s just convenient to blame Ron DeSantis because right now he’s a high-profile target and it makes their stockholders and directors, you know, have a scapegoat to blame it on. Bob Iger is doing what he needs to do to survive. And unfortunately getting $2,000 a night for a hotel just doesn’t fly anymore in the United States.”

Patronis had previously advised Disney to be “working around the clock to try to figure out how to make amends with Ron DeSantis, just like Bud Light should be working around the clock to go kiss Kid Rock’s ass.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 19, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Disney may or may not be playing a blame game, but it was amateurish, ego driven Rhonda that put their own head on the chopping block for blame. Rhonda needs to own where Rhonda puts their own head all the time.

  • Did he drag in public?

    May 19, 2023 at 9:15 am

    If Mr Jimmy dragged in public, Rhonda better have him arrested immediately just like those Rhonda arrested folks who used their voter registration cards that Rhonda gave them for going to their registered voting precincts and voting. And then Rhonda arrested them for it. Rhonda, Rhonda, thinks he runs Rwanda and it’s 1973

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  • PeterH

    May 19, 2023 at 10:09 am

    Republicans are not very good at spin. I’m sure Disney will find a home for their Imaginarian staff ….. the home just won’t be in Florida where they’re no welcome.

  • Bert

    May 19, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I’m not sure but did Disney state anything other than “changing business conditions”?
    Patronis doth protests too much, methinks.

  • Mr. Haney

    May 19, 2023 at 10:16 am

    More useless Republican excuses and lies. Let me know when Patronis actually gets a real job and produces instead of being the parasite that he is.

    • MHDuuuval

      May 21, 2023 at 12:03 pm


      With DeSantis as Prez, does Patronis become a Cabine Secretary– or get kicked to the curb?

  • Lynda

    May 19, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Consequences for using the Mouse as a punching bag. Ron’s mouthpiece Patronis, can spin all he wants, but losing 2000 jobs with good salaries is a blow to Orlando and FL. All over the temper tantrum deSantis threw when disagreed with by Disney.

    Minnesota’s DFL when faced with “greenmail” from the Mayo Clinic immediately caved and amended the bill Mayo opposed for business reasons. That is the necessary action to take when you are fighting with one of the most important employers in your state which also is an important contributor to your state’s identity. Which party is looking after businesses and creating jobs? Not MAGA-deSantis version.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 19, 2023 at 10:31 am

      but but but “Never Back Down!” No matter how stupid and wrong Rhonda might be, they will never back down. Not sure I would trust Rhonda with the nuclear codes. What if Rhonda thinks Xi Jinping is looking at Rhonda funny and says “Look at me funny again and I will nuke China” but Rhonda doesn’t realize normal people don’t have Did Somebody Step On A Duck Face like Rhonda and Xi Jinping was just looking at Rhonda with a normal face

  • Dan

    May 19, 2023 at 10:35 am

    Disney sacrificed millions of dollars in tax breaks Florida offered them to build the Lake Nona Complex and move those workers. DeSantis and the legislature never rescinded those tax breaks even through all this Reedy Creek nonsense. Disney decided to sacrifice those tax breaks and pull the plug anyway, keeping their workforce in more expensive California instead. That should be a MAJOR warning to businesses operating in Florida has to how bad the business environment as become under this governor and legislature.

  • YourDogmaBites

    May 20, 2023 at 4:13 am

    Anyone who recommends kissing Kid Rocks ass can’t be taken seriously.

  • Beth

    May 20, 2023 at 7:58 am

    Patronis might want to go back to school to learn about democracy and free speech. How did FL become such a cesspool of ignorant corrupt republicans who purposely choose the worst people on the planet to put on a pedestal? Time to send all these racist sexist creeps to the trash heap of history where they belong.

  • Cal Howdy

    May 20, 2023 at 8:05 am

    These guys up there in Tallahassee either A. Just Can’t Help Themselves or B. Are just as stupid as they are presenting themselves. This concerted effort of piling on Disney just adds fuel to the fire of Disney’s suit against Desantis. Should the mouse just “Let It Go”? Nope. They should burn it to the ground and take the suit to its limit, and leave these wannabes flat broke; and they likely have the resources to do it. Desantis and Co. are fools.

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