Today, the Florida Communications and Research Hub, a joint effort of Florida Watch and Progress Florida, announced the launch of DeSantis Watch. This collaborative project will shine a spotlight on the failures of Governor Ron DeSantis to improve the lives of the people of our state while he remains focused on his future political ambitions.
DeSantis Watch will offer rapid response messaging, digital content creation, paid digital advertising, generate original research available to the general public, and use social media and email campaigns to activate and turn out voters at the grassroots level to defeat the Governor this November. All resources generated by DeSantis Watch will be available at DeSantisWatch.org.
“Ron DeSantis cares about one thing and one thing only: himself,” stated DeSantis Watch Communications Director Anders Croy. “DeSantis Watch is here to hold the Governor accountable for his focus on policies that help him raise money from out-of-state billionaires and corporate donors at the expense of Floridians who are doing everything right but can’t afford the freedom of a roof over their heads or access to quality health care. We refuse to let Ron DeSantis continue using the people of Florida as stepping stones on his climb up the political ladder.”
As Governor DeSantis has moved from one culture war battle to the next over his time in office, attacking marginalized communities and anyone who isn’t a far-right primary voter, housing costs in Florida have skyrocketed, with rent and property insurance rates going through the roof, and wages have remained stagnant. With a Governor who has consistently sought to consolidate power under his sole authority in order to benefit his donors and ideological allies, it has been everyday Floridians whose freedoms have suffered in his relentless quest for political advancement.
“No matter your background, how much money you earn, or who you love, every Floridian should have the freedom to know that with hard work, the American Dream is within your grasp,” said DeSantis Watch Constituencies Director Natasha Sutherland. “But for far too many hardworking people in our state, that possibility is increasingly out-of-reach due to Governor DeSantis’ relentless commitment to harming our communities to help his corporate benefactors and his own ambition for higher office. Unlike the Governor who uses Floridians as pawns for his own personal gain, DeSantis Watch will put the people of our state front and center as the heroes of their own stories.”