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The popular press secretary of the equally popular Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced her resignation from the position as she took a new job with the governor’s campaign.
She has become known for her no-nonsense style of hitting back at the mainstream media, often on Twitter, and has become a favorite among conservatives.
“This letter is to officially inform you that I am resigning from my position as Press Secretary for the Executive Office of the Governor, effective August 12, 2022,” she said in her resignation letter to DeSantis chief of staff James Uthmeier and Dawn Hanson, the governor’s office director of administration, on Friday.
“You gave me the latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine the role for a leaders whose actions speak for themselves,” she said. “I am proud to have been part of a team that has helped Floridians through historic challenges, and continue to deliver results that make life better for the people of our great state.”
Her two-page resignation letter includes a series of bullet points outlining administration accomplishments that she has helped elevate nationally, a move that coincides with DeSantis’ rise among many in the GOP base — who have dubbed him “America’s Governor.” She touted re-opening the state’s economy quicker than other states during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the wave of education-focused culture war issues such as “empowering parents” and “upholding the rule of law.”
In her letter she listed some of the accomplishments of the DeSantis administration during her time as part of it.
“Protecting the rights of citizens to earn a living, gather to worship and celebrate life’s milestones and raise their children free of unconstitutional mandates,” she said.
“Ensuring that every student is set up for a lifetime of success with high-quality education — not ideological indoctrination,” and “upholding the rule of law and keeping Floridians safe” as well as “protecting life, promoting fatherhood, supporting foster and adoptive families and leading the country in the fight to defend parental rights.”
She will be replaced by her deputy press secretary Bryan Griffin.
Now, the gloves are off 😬 https://t.co/zTRxWoTcig
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 12, 2022
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking his reelection campaign up a notch.
As the midterm elections rapidly approach, the GOP governor is declaring that “freedom is here to stay” in Florida following a vow by his likely Democratic opponent Rep. Charlie Crist — a former Florida governor himself and former Republican.
Crist has recently warned voters that he is open to restricting personal behavior by imposing mask mandates, Breitbart News reported.
A new ad from DeSantis continues the governor’s previous them of the Sunshine State being “America’s liberty outpost” in a country replete with censorship, woke corporations, and left-wing attempts to openly sexualize children.
“America has long been the world’s bastion of freedom. Now, Florida is our nation’s hope,” says the narrator of the ad.
“When other states shut people down, Florida lifted people up. We make decisions based on facts, not fear. But some want to take it all away. We cannot stop fighting,” the narrator continues. “This November, let’s show the world freedom is here to stay.”
The new ad comes about a week after the DeSantis campaign released a digital spot that shows the governor reading several letters of support from Floridians who appreciated his open-for-business positions during the recent pandemic, including keeping kids in school.
“[email protected] has received thousands of letters from across the state and around the world thanking him for his leadership. And I can tell you this, he’s only begun to fight,” tweeted Florida’s first lady Casey DeSantis in a post containing the ad.
.@RonDeSantisFL has received thousands of letters from across the state and around the world thanking him for his leadership.
And I can tell you this, he's only begun to fight. pic.twitter.com/ne2DucdToe
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 3, 2022
Breitbart News added:
Floridians will know which Democrat will challenge DeSantis following the August 23 primary, but Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) appears to be the Democrat frontrunner. He has adamantly opposed DeSantis’s freedom-first leadership style, even deeming it a “grim day” after DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which bars classroom discussions on sexual orientation and gender identity for children in kindergarten through third grade.
It's a grim day for Florida. Today especially, I want our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters in Florida and across the country to know that they are loved and will always be welcomed in the Sunshine State. pic.twitter.com/ktwbJklZVe
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) March 28, 2022
Earlier this year, Crist also made headlines throughout the state after telling supporters that he would be “open” to forced masking if the “scientists” recommended it.
“I would be open to doing what scientists advise — not political scientists,” Crist said at a campaign event in Wilton Manors, Fla. “Yes. I just read an article this morning. I’m glad you brought it up.”