Nearly a dozen of Gov. DeSantis’ appointees fail to secure Senate confirmation
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More than half were named to the Florida School for Competitive Academics Board of Trustees.

Nearly a dozen appointees to state boards failed to win confirmation this Legislative Session. But the Senate made clear that timing issues were the most common explanation.

The most significant exception was Tina Descovich, a Moms for Liberty co-founder appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis to the Ethics Commission. The Senate declined to confirm her based on a citizen complaint her work with the parental rights group effectively served as lobbying. But DeSantis’ Office already indicated she will be reappointed and her confirmation should return to the Senate next year.

That’s likely the situation for 11 other nominees for positions who also failed to win an okay from the Senate this Session.

“It is important to remember that appointments are made on an ongoing basis, so it is common that appointments are made and there is not ample time left to complete the confirmation process during the first session,” said Katherine Betta, spokesperson for Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. “That is why the process allows for two sessions to complete the confirmation process.”

Those unconfirmed as Session wraps include another appointee to the Ethics Commission: Freddie Figgers. A former Vice Chair of Enterprise Florida, Figgers was appointed by DeSantis in July along with two other members: Ashley Lukis and Edwin Moore.

Moore resigned his position on the Commission in December, so his reappointment was not considered in the Senate. Lukis was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, as was Luis Fusté, a Governor appointment announced the same day as Descovich.

But Figgers was not.

With Moore’s seat still vacant, and another seat reserved for a Senate appointee also unfilled, that leaves the Ethics Commission short-handed regardless of the future of Descovich or Figgers.

But Betta stressed that in the case of all unconfirmed nominees, excluding Descovich, the issue was that “packets were either not complete, or time expired prior to the appointee being heard in all committees.”

That’s how all seven of DeSantis’ appointees to the Florida School for Competitive Academics Board of Trustees failed to be confirmed. That list includes Ethan Fieldman, Will Frazer, Thomas Grady, Michael Grego, Andrea Keiser, Bethany McAlister and Jason Rosenberg. That newly created state school is expected to accept students starting in the 2024-25 academic year.

DeSantis in September also appointed Joe Nunziata, a home loan, banking and real estate professional in Orlando, to the Central Florida Expressway Authority. But the Senate also did not confirm Nunziata to the board.

And last April, DeSantis appointed Joshua Dennis, of Oviedo, to the state Board of Athletic Training. But he did not secure confirmation this year.

Neither Nunziata nor Dennis appear right now as members of the boards on their respective websites.

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].


  • Ridiculous

    March 7, 2024 at 5:09 pm

    Moms for Liberty. The Anti government Extremist group on an Ethics Commission. Why don’t you appoint the one that was involved in the 3somes then ? How ridiculous Florida has become.

  • the Truth

    March 7, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    Passidomo is a RINO

  • Gr00mer Republican Christians

    March 7, 2024 at 6:27 pm

    Ohhh the ZeiglerGroomerRapist not taking Rhondumb’s calls?

  • Gr00mer Republican Christians

    March 7, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Most floridiots claim ‘sOvEReiGN cITiZen!’ when pulled over so they can be elected.

  • Dont Say FLA

    March 8, 2024 at 7:11 am

    Timing issues? Meaning Rhonda tried to do something during his 3 years of lame duckery? After he spent shady money during his campaign that the public doesn’t know about but the legislators know ALL about?

    LOL @ Lame Duck Rhonda. One year without a Gov while they ran up in Iowa. Three years more without a Gov because he failed to resign to run.

    While having no Gov is an improvement over having Flop Gov, why is the little guy being paid to be Gov when he, being a 3 year lame duck, isn’t in any position to govern?

  • just sayin

    March 8, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Do you guys read your own posts? You’re making DeSantis look good by being so inarticulate and Trumpian with your insults..

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