The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is one of the most popular governors in the country because he consistently makes decisive, courageous decisions that his supporters support.
For example, Governor DeSantis just sacked a district attorney who a federal court refused to restore.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle denied to reinstate Andrew Warren as his lawsuit against the Republican governor of Florida proceeds.
The former state attorney claimed that his dismissal violated his constitutional right to free expression and that the governor abused his authority.
“Mr. Warren is an elected official and his speech is protected by the first amendment,” Warren’s attorney stated during a press conference following the hearing.
This is an intriguing argument. Would it apply to a police officer who opted not to make arrests for offenses he or she judged insignificant?
The complaint requests that Warren be restored and that any such actions against him by Governor DeSantis be banned.
“We look forward to a trial where the governor can come in and explain to the court why he thinks what he did is in compliance with federal law and state law,” the suspended attorney said.
“The judge is clearly and rightfully so interested in what the governor would say in a judicial forum and the trial would be that opportunity,” his attorney said.
The experiment is scheduled to occur in four to twelve weeks.
In addition, the governor fired another state official this week.
Jose Angel Martinez, Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 11, was fired by the governor after his arrest on August 11 for felony charges of unlawful compensation for official behavior … and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation,” second- and third-degree felonies, according to the governor’s office.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 22-215 (Executive Order of Suspension), suspending Jose Angel Martinez from his position as County Commissioner for Miami-Dade County, District 11,” the governor’s office said on its website.
“On August 30, 2022, an Information was issued against Martinez for felony charges of unlawful compensation for official behavior, in violation of section 838. 016(1), Florida Statutes, and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation, in violation of section 838.016 and section 777. 04(3), Florida Statutes. These violations constitute felonies in the second and third degree, and it is in the best interest of the residents of Miami-Dade County that Martinez be immediately suspended from the public office that he holds. The Governor will appoint a commissioner to fill the District 11 seat in the coming weeks,” it said. CONTINUE READING…