EARLIER HE SUSPENDED ANDREW WARREN, OF THE 13TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT (HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY) FOR UNJUSTIFIED REASONS.
The Florida ACLU said, “Once again Governor DeSantis shows that he will do whatever he can in order to keep his power and control over the state, regardless of what the people want or how they voted. …Ousting elected officials because [DeSantis] disagrees with their leadership and installing hand-picked individuals to take over their job responsibilities is what happens in authoritarian regimes, not in a democracy.”
At the recent Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, DeSantis bragged about replacing two Florida elected State Attorneys without substantiated cause.
Florida House Representative Anna Eskamani said Worrell’s removal is absolutely disgusting and another example of DeSantis eroding our local control and democracy. “This politically motivated action should alarm everyone.”
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington noted that Worrell had been elected with nearly two-thirds of the vote in the district. “Make no mistake, State Attorney Worrell has done nothing wrong. This abuse of power by Governor DeSantis is not only an attack of Democratic Black leaders in Florida, but an attack on our democracy itself.”
Debbie Deland, Florida NOW President said, “DeSantis is blustering ahead shamelessly in his quest for national power and arrogantly disregarding the will of the people. When duly elected officials who do not subscribe to a white supremacist, sexist, homophobic, and national Christian ideology can be removed from office, we are going fast down a dark road towards autocracy. We cannot tolerateassaults on public education, women’s rights, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, people in need of housing, medical care, voting access, etc., and our judicial system.We must step up to protect our democratic rights and human values. The Florida DeSantis is crafting is not what Floridians want! We want our constitutional rights to be enforced, we want our democratic values to direct our governance. If we want change everyone has to vote!”
CALL TO ACTION:
Keep informed. Push through the chaos, confusion, distractions, fear and hate DeSantis is thrusting upon us. Know which rights are being removed, perverted, and crushing vulnerable populations. Contact your representatives and voice your concerns, discuss issues with family, neighbors, friends. REGISTER TO VOTE and VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION (remember you need to re–enroll for the vote-by-mail option if you haven’t done so since January 2023).