Moms for Liberty co-founder heads to Ethics Commission

Tina Descovich
The Governor picked Tina Descovich on Wednesday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is appointing Tina Descovich, a leader of one of the nation’s leading parental rights groups, to the Florida Ethics Commission.

The Governor’s Office notes that Descovich, a co-founder of Moms for Liberty, “was previously elected to the School Board of Brevard County in 2016 and served as the President of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members. Descovich earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Valdosta State University.”

DeSantis, an active candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, is courting the group’s support like other GOP hopefuls. He spoke earlier this summer at the group’s national convention in Philadelphia, where he offered warnings to “drag queens” about “messing with our kids.”

Even though the Southern Poverty Law Center calls Moms for Liberty an “extremist” group, such warnings clearly haven’t caused the Governor to shy away from seeking the organization’s support. As well, DeSantis and the Moms worked together in the 2022 election cycle, focusing on School Board races against candidates opposed to the Governor’s educational agenda.

They have gotten much of what they wanted in terms of policy, including an expansion of the state’s Parental Rights in Education law. Originally crafted to restrict discussions of sexuality through third grade, it now applies to the state’s K-12 system. Moms for Liberty sought to expand the legislation through eighth grade.

First Lady Casey DeSantis spoke to the group last year, extolling “mamas on a mission.” She would eventually go on to form the Mamas for DeSantis campaign auxiliary group that was helpful in the Governor’s massive re-election victory last year. A national version of that group now exists for the 2024 campaign.

Gov. DeSantis spoke to the same group last year, which extolled “the Gladiator Governor” and “his vision for Florida and the future of a free America” as “strong on Liberty with no time for woke nonsense!”

DeSantis hasn’t been shy about putting Moms for Liberty members in prominent places. Last year, he appointed Duval County’s Esther Byrd to the Florida Board of Education.

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


17 comments

  • Dale A Arnold

    September 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Karens for oppression!

    • Pastor Pasta

      September 6, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      Klanned Karenhood, The Minivan Taliban! Just another in a long line of corrupt and unqualified political appointees in Floriduh.

      • My Take

        September 6, 2023 at 3:28 pm

        SS Soccermom
        Adt ain’t “steam shp.”

  • Margaret

    September 6, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    And just which oligarchal Billionaire is funding her and her group? And what are those ties to DeSantis’s failing Presidential yearnings?

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 6, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    white supremist women, who would have thought they were out there in such public places.

  • My Take

    September 6, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    The woman who ran the 1940 fascist womens group in the US used to laughingly call it her “thundering herd.”

  • SteveHC

    September 6, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    “Moms For ‘Liberty’ “ = modern-day John Birch Society morons. Despicable “human beings,” actually. The Southern Poverty Law Center is correct in labeling them a hate group. And DeSantis’s granting their leaders political favors and appointments says an awful lot about his anti-American fascist tendencies and proclivities, loud and clear.

  • Moms for Hitler

    September 6, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    Each and every one of these women are disgusting, anti-American fascist scum.

  • Tyler

    September 6, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Stop calling MFL a “leading parental rights group”. That’s not what they are and saying as such helps legitimize this nefarious advocacy hate group.

  • Bill Pollard

    September 6, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Putting people like this on the Ethics Commission shows this administration HAS NO ETHICS.

    • Cheesy Floridan

      September 7, 2023 at 10:15 am

      The guy who was there before him seemed like an ok person except he broke the law by accepting a $400k position to help run the puppet board against Disney. This is crazy how backwards this state has become and how shady these political deals are.

  • Rob

    September 6, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    This is actually disgusting. Moms for Liberty is a literal terrorist group.

  • Friends, Rmans & Countrymen

    September 7, 2023 at 12:03 am

    I just can’t stop laughing!

    Democrats, Communists, Socialists, liberals, progressives or whatever flag you fly have nothing left but jumping up & down & screaming on the Internet.

    IT IS HILARIOUS!!

    • My Take

      September 7, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      Yeah, invading the Capitol and shooting black people are òff the option list for decent Amercans and do limit it a bit.

  • Cheesy Floridan

    September 7, 2023 at 10:14 am

    This state is being run into the ground. DeSantis is a horrible gov. and doesn’t govern for everyone just people who agree with him. We need to vote him out and the people he appointed.

  • Joe

    September 7, 2023 at 10:54 am

    There is nothing in Descobich’s background that makes here remotely qualified for a statewide political appointment. Pure cronyism from Governor Pipsqueak.

    So much for “draining the swamp,” eh RepubliKKKans?

  • Michael K

    September 7, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    And what exactly are her credentials for ethics oversight?

    None. Nada. Zip. She is simply a DeSantis potted plant to do her masters bidding.

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