Kat Cammack chides Joe Biden for ‘playing politics’ and not helping Idalia victims

'Maybe instead of playing politics, the President should focus on helping people get back on their feet.'

During a hit on Fox News, U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack blasted President Joe Biden for not doing enough to help victims of Hurricane Idalia and focusing too much on “climate change.”

“Maybe instead of playing politics, the President should focus on helping people get back on their feet,” Cammack said.

“I’m standing in Cedar Key where we still have hundreds of thousands of people, 100,000 people without power, there are linemen trying to restore (power),” Cammack said, overstating power outages even statewide. Cammack also omitted context that power restoration is not a federal task, but is handled by local and regional power companies with the help of mutual aid agreements with other utilities.

Cedar Key has a population of 700.

“There are complete buildings that have been swept out to sea. We need to focus on recovery efforts and actually getting real aid into these communities like Horseshoe Beach and Cedar Key rather than standing up and trying to make a political statement about climate change,” Cammack added.

Cammack was responding to comments from the President, who took issue with climate change “deniers” on Thursday.

“I don’t think anybody can deny the impact of the climate crisis anymore. Just look around: historic floods, more intense droughts, extreme heat, significant wildfires have caused significant damage like we’ve never seen before. There’s still some deniers out there in terms of, whether or not climate change has anything to do with any of this,” the President said, adding that “a whole hell of a lot more money to deal with emergency appropriations” is needed.

Biden said Thursday he was planning to visit the state Saturday.

“Showing up for the moment to save the lives is critically important, but that’s just the beginning … and some of it’s going to take months and years to make sure we restore the people to the circumstances there before this disaster hit,” Biden said at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C, as transcribed by CNBC.

“And to the people of Florida, and throughout the Southeast, I’m here to make it clear that our nation has your back.”

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


  • Oink Oink

    September 1, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Maybe instead of eating another pizza you should eat a cucumber.

  • Dont' GO THERE

    September 1, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    I love Cedar Key but I am really ready for the whole state to float off to Cuba because of the Florida Political Pigs like Kat. Does she really think people are soooo stupid not to know who is to be fixing the power outage? Keep digging your hole defending the Maggots.

  • Tom

    September 1, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    So let’s eee … rhonda votes against helping the victims of hurricane sandy because, blue states etc. but can’t get his little pudding stained hand out quick enough when it’s for Florida, then claims it’s all coming from him personally, and now this numpty claims it’s political to state the effing obvious that climate change is really a thing. Quite the clown show we have going on down here.

  • PeterH

    September 1, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    If Kat Cammack would just shut up, listen and learn she might comprehend that home owner’s insurers ARE LEAVING FLORIDA and NEVER returning because of the huge financial risk associated with future losses DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE and GLOBAL WARMING! Insurance Company executives listen to elected officials who are global warming deniers like Rick Scott and Kat Cammack and say to themselves ‘why should we sustain individual livelihoods in Florida when elected politicians ARE ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST US!’
    Like my grandmother taught me …… ‘there is no cure for stupid!’

  • Debra Hughes

    September 14, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    I would like for Kat to give credit where credit is due. She did not show up to tour the area with Biden instead she played politics.
    Where do you think the money that DeSantis is giving out came from?

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