Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed SB 7050, a wide-ranging elections bill which attacks Floridians’ freedom to vote. While the Governor makes it harder for people to register to vote or cast a ballot, he also is changing Florida’s “resign-to-run” law to give himself the ability to run for president without having to submit a letter of resignation and making it easier to neglect the job he was elected to do.
In response, DeSantis Watch is releasing a new digital video titled “Absentee Governor” which makes it clear that while Ron DeSantis is only focused on his political career, the real issues affecting Floridians are being neglected.
“While Floridians work hard to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, Ron DeSantis is abandoning our state to advance his own political ambitions,” said DeSantis Watch Constituencies Director Natasha Sutherland. “Whether it is spending millions of taxpayer dollars in court to defend unconstitutional laws or simply having his rubber stamps in the Legislature change it for him, Ron DeSantis clearly does not believe he should play by the same rules as the rest of us. The people of our state are being crushed by Ron DeSantis’ affordability crisis and they deserve better than an absentee Governor looking to run away from the problems he has created.”
Full Transcript of Ad:
Narrator: Everyday Floridians are good people who do our jobs and follow the law. But Ron DeSantis thinks he’s above the law.
What’s Florida’s “absentee governor” up to now?
Ron DeSantis and his rubber stamps in the Florida Legislature are changing the state’s “Resign-to-Run” law to allow the Governor to run for president and still be Florida governor, even if he doesn’t show up for the job.
How can the Governor of more than 22 million people spend a year and a half criss-crossing the country and serve the people of Florida?
Ron DeSantis continues to focus on his political ambitions while ignoring the needs of everyday Floridians. We deserve elected leaders who show up for their job, just like the rest of us.