Gov. DeSantis recognizes ‘great Floridian’ Bob Graham’s ‘honor and integrity’
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/8/24-Gov. Ron DeSantis talks about the close of the 2024 Legislative Session during a news conference, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

The current Governor said his predecessor 'really made a great contribution.'

Florida’s Governor is weighing in on the death of one of his predecessors.

During remarks at the Hialeah Gardens Museum, Gov. Ron DeSantis offered his first remarks since the death of political titan Bob Graham at 87 years old on Tuesday.

Graham, a former state Legislator, Governor and Senator, was lauded by the man who fills the role he once occupied in Tallahassee.

“We mourn the passing of Bob Graham. He was a great Floridian. He served this state with honor and integrity and really made a great contribution,” DeSantis said, before confirming future recognitions.

“We are going to be giving him the state honors of lowering the flag at half-staff once the date of interment is publicized. And I think that that’s very, very much appropriate. So we’re really thankful for his service and he served very, very ably for this state for many, many years,” he added.

Previous Governors who passed away have lied in state at the Capitol. DeSantis did not address whether Graham would receive that honor or not. Nor did he mention reaching out to the Graham family in the wake of Bob Graham’s widely reported death.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    April 17, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    Governor and Senator Graham had qualities that Ron DeSantis will never possess, beginning with integrity, compassion, and decency.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 17, 2024 at 8:13 pm

    “Previous Governors who passed away have lied in state at the Capitol.” Most lied while they governed, too.

    Bob always favored transparency; Dee touts “state secrets.”

  • The louse compliments the Lion

    April 17, 2024 at 8:52 pm

    RD doesn’t deserve the title of governor because he doesn’t understand what governance or honor or service means. I wonder how many Floridians now can see the shocking contrast if they can even remember Bob Graham and his cohort. Sadly not enough. BG represents all the best Florida used to be. DeeStruction only knows how to divide and destroy, and not even that very well. What a sad joke.

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