Ahead of caucus, Nikki Fried warns Iowans about Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump

She said Florida knows the candidates' extremism too well.

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Florida Democratic Party Nikki Fried swiped at two Florida men seeking delegates.

Fried served as Florida Agriculture Commissioner during Ron DeSantis’ first term as Florida Governor. She also campaigned with President Joe Biden against former President Donald Trump. She dished on both DeSantis and Trump as both rally support in the Hawkeye State.

“Take it from a Floridian — our country can’t afford another four years of Donald Trump, but Ron DeSantis isn’t the answer either,” she said. “A Trump or DeSantis presidency would be an absolute disaster for our pockets and our freedoms. They’ve already failed Florida — don’t give them a chance to fail America too.”

She especially laid into DeSantis. Fried previously said she felt optimistic when both won statewide office in 2018 that they could work together, but frequently ended up at odds with the GOP leader.

“As Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture from 2019 to 2023 — and as the only elected Democrat on the Florida Cabinet — I had a front-row seat to Ron’s failures as a leader,” she said.

“Florida’s affordability crisis is out of control — inflation here is nearly double the national average, our property insurance rates have skyrocketed by over 400%, and rent prices are spiraling out of control. Ron could be putting forward policies that help keep money in people’s pockets, but when he laid out his priorities at his State of the State speech last week, he didn’t mention a single one.”

She said he prioritized right-wing social issues over Floridians’ priorities like reducing health care costs, and she expects the same right-wing pandering if he’s elected President. She also hit him on an issue rural Iowa voters may hold dear.

“And don’t let him fool you when he says he cares about America’s farmers — he’s ignored the needs of Florida’s farmers by passing bills that decimated their workforce and refusing $100 million in federal funding to protect and conserve farmland,” she said. “Every farmer I’ve ever talked to would rather he spend less time on made-up culture wars and more time protecting their industry.”

But she offered no praise for Trump, either, who she sees as a corrupting force in traditional Republican politics.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat, but I was raised by a Republican — and I remember what the Republican Party used to stand for,” she said.

“As leaders in today’s GOP, Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis have warped the party platform beyond recognition. The party that once valued small government and fiscal responsibility is now obsessed with inserting the government into private medical decisions and giving ridiculous tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy. Under Ron’s leadership, Florida Republicans have made a mockery of the Bill of Rights and passed the largest budgets in state history.”

Of course, the Democratic leader said voters in Iowa and elsewhere will be better off staying the course and re-electing Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

“In just three years, the Biden-Harris administration has lowered healthcare costs, invested in American infrastructure, and created millions of new jobs,” she wrote.

“They’ve fought to protect our right to make private decisions about our health care without interference from the government, and they’re committed to safeguarding democracy from extremism. For all of our sakes, we must give them a chance to finish the job and continue delivering results for the American people.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Editor still needed!

    January 15, 2024 at 3:26 pm

    What’s a “caucuse”?🧐

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    January 15, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, am up here in the middle of “The Hawkeye Cauceye” , as Rush loved to name it.
    *queue American Patriotic Music cranked up REALLY LOUD to honor The Great Rush Limbaugh IN HEAVEN*
    And everyone involved here in “The Hawkeye Cauceye” is totally aware that the “Annoying Ankle Biter Fried” is full of smelly f@rt flavored Hot Air and Fried’s comments are being totally ignored.
    “Who would the devil’s POTUS/VPOTUS “Dream Team” consist of”? said Earl Pitts American.
    OK you there whats your response?, said Earl.
    “Well Earl we talked to the devil that showed up with #unter and his atty when they crashed the latest House Inquiry and that unshaven “Devil-Man” (not #unter,’s atty ….. that other sceary guy( and he stated he lusts for a Kamalla Harris/Nikki Fried Democratic tickit to complete the utter distruction of our Great Republic of America.
    CORRECT, said The Sage Earl Pitts American.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Keith Richards

      January 15, 2024 at 4:38 pm

      Earl I saw that guy on TV NEWS with hunter and his attorney.
      His eyes were empty jet black holes which would suck your sole straight down to the “Nether World” if you looked straight on into his black eye-socket holes of “Pure “D” Evilness”.
      Earl I almost had to “Rip Out One Of My Eyeballs” in order to force myself to look away and save myself from going straight to HEll. Keith

      • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

        January 15, 2024 at 4:48 pm

        Thanks Keith,
        The Earl Pitts American’s Political Science Division is aware of this problem. We are offering a “Free Glass Eye” to anyone which actually had to rip-out an eye-ball to keep from going to HEll.
        Earl Pitts “Part Time Eye Doctor” American

        • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

          January 15, 2024 at 5:19 pm

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          Often I, Earl Pitts American, will still tear up when I remember how I, Earl Pitts American, kicked her to the curb.
          So bottom line no glass eyeball color mix-match complaints will be entertained.
          Thank you America,
          Earl Pitts American

  • Impeach Biden

    January 15, 2024 at 8:44 pm

    Nikki Fried is a has been. She could not even win the Democratic primary for Governor against previous Repub Charlie Crist. She doesn’t like DeSantis because he destroyed her politically. From her daily rants as AG commissioner to her bringing in the fake scientist to attempt to discredit our outstanding Governor. To you Dems out there, is Fraud really the best you got to lead the Demo Party of Florida? By the way, I can’t believe this wasn’t written by Gancarski.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 15, 2024 at 8:46 pm

    Results are in and Iowa is officially called for being a joke.

    AP called it for Trump.

    The final tally was 10 votes for Trump, eight for DeSantis, four for ex-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and one for Ryan Binkley, a pastor and long-shot candidate.

    LOL what a what of time and money for everyone involved

  • Dowatisright

    January 20, 2024 at 10:43 am

    America owes Trump. The 2020 election was stolen from him and millions of voters. The 2020 election was a colossal passive aggressive scam, fueled by people driven by the same satanic spirit. All working together, in different counties and states, held captive to do the devil’s will. Seriously. It’s true. That’s why there’s so much delusion and deceptive. It’s satanic what happened. This wasn’t a normal event by angry or passionate people. The satanic spirt entered those who DO NOT KNOW GOD and believed all the lies. They believed Trump was bad Orange man. They believed Trump was against immigrants, they fell for the lie he’s racist, etc…they fell for it all and opened themselves up to mass delusion and demonic possession. “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ” Haven’t you all noticed the increase in “lawlessness.” You best be reading your bible now. It’s not going to get better. Remember those two gals who won the lawsuit even though they were caught on camera pushing ballots over and over and over again for BIDEN (to the tune of extra thousand of votes) after the election watchers left? Yep. That happened in plain sight and JUST LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS, some people REFUSE TO LOVE THE TRUTH. They won’t believe what they see because they are spiritually dead, given over to the lies they’ve believed. Their heart is hardened now. Don’t be those people. AMERICA first. VOTE TRUMP. Trump is not perfect. He’s not a “godly” man, but that’s IRRELEVANT. God can use the “foolish things of the world” to confound the wise. He can use whoever HE wants for the reasons HE wants. All we know is TRUMP WON 2020 and in the name of JUSTICE and fairness, he must win 2024 because it’s the right thing to do. And even if you hate him, you know doing the right thing brings blessings. Do what is right.

    • rick whitaker

      January 20, 2024 at 6:42 pm

      sounds like you hate everything. the bible is the haters handbook.

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