Ron DeSantis backs away from installing RFK to run CDC, FDA
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Kennedy could be on a 'task force' to 'hold people accountable for COVID' though.

Ron DeSantis isn’t ready to tap Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after all.

Instead, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate envisions the Democrat anti-vaxxer as part of a “bipartisan task force” to “hold them accountable.”

“He wouldn’t be the head of CDC. That would be a doctor or a Ph.D.,” DeSantis said, such as a Jay Bhattacharya.

“But I’m going to have, probably, a task force to go in there to hold people accountable for COVID, hold people accountable for what things are happening. So it would be more in that role that I’d want to get a bipartisan group of people together who understand the process. Understand the federal government’s COVID response was a disaster that hurt people that hurt this country,” DeSantis told interviewer Megyn Kelly.

During an interview earlier this week with Outkick, DeSantis lauded RFK, continuing praise for the Democratic presidential candidate.

“Yes, the medical stuff. I’m very good on that,” DeSantis said. “So that does appeal to me. … In that regard, it’s like, ‘OK, if you’re President, you know, sic him on the FDA, if he’d be willing to serve, or sic him on CDC.’”

DeSantis told Kelly Friday that his enthusiasm for Kennedy in that role was misinterpreted, given the framing of the question in the very friendly Outkick interview was about whether Kennedy could be DeSantis’ Vice President. The Governor told Kelly there was “chatter on our side about doing that,” though he didn’t specify from where that chatter comes.

Kennedy, whose vaccine skepticism predates DeSantis’ pandemic-driven interest, recently claimed COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted” to spare Jewish and Chinese people. He has since backpedaled, saying he should have been “more careful” with his words.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    July 28, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Poor little Rhonda is Miss Interpreted.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    July 28, 2023 at 3:59 pm


  • Thomas Kaspar

    July 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    AntiDeSantis political spam

    • RonBeGone

      July 28, 2023 at 11:24 pm

      Haha. No need when he generates so much damaging content every time he opens his trap.

  • Tjb

    July 28, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    He should have picked Willie Nelson over Kennedy for the job,

  • tom palmer

    July 28, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Has he lost his mind to even suggest that?

  • The New Earl Pitts "Hey Hes One Of Us" American

    July 28, 2023 at 4:54 pm

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    I, Earl Pitts American, told y’all we were just messing with the left on that whole RFK thing.

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    Thank you America,

  • Joe

    July 28, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    NEVER BACK DOWN, except sometimes

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 28, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    Rhonda can appoint RFK Jr to be a Moms For Liberty today. Put your money, well, put Florida’s money where your mouth is, Rhonda. Beg Steve Bannon to install RFK as the lead Mom for Liberty.

  • Michael K

    July 28, 2023 at 6:19 pm


    Back down.

  • RonBeGone

    July 28, 2023 at 11:27 pm

    Bobble head flip flopper in his last campaign days. Keeps eating his own feet. Should put the boots back on.

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