This is awesome:

As Gov. Ron DeSantis sets his sights on a gubernatorial reelection bid in 2022, an attorney who’s been critical of the governor has launched a “Remove Ron” political committee to raise funds and unseat DeSantis.

Daniel Uhlfelder, known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer because of his attempts to close Florida beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, is behind the new political committee that alleges failures by DeSantis to curb the virus and other concerns.

The group released a short video on Wednesday to encourage residents to join the “Remove Ron” movement, saying “DeSantis failed Florida” and it’s “time to remove Ron.”

On its website, the committee alleges a “record of failure,” including more than 26,000 resident COVID deaths, Florida’s troubled unemployment system, “blind loyalty” to former President Donald Trump, who has been impeached for the second time and “a notable disparity between vaccine access for white communities compared to communities of color.”

I  received the PAC’s first e-mail today:

Gov. Ron DeSantis has failed Florida, friend.

Florida has one of the worst COVID-19 responses in the entire nation, and tens of thousands of people have lost their lives. The state’s unemployment system has broken down, leaving working families without a lifeline during the biggest economic crisis in a generation.

And maybe scariest of all: Ron DeSantis has repeatedly doubled down on Donald Trump’s lies and misinformation – stoking a dangerous white nationalist agenda. Donald Trump may be kicking back at Mar-a-Lago, but Trumpism will be alive and well as long as Ron DeSantis is in the governor’s mansion.

It’s never been more clear: We must Remove Ron.

But it won’t be easy: Ron DeSantis was Donald Trump’s handpicked candidate, and the far-right will do whatever it takes to help him win reelection. It’s going to take a massive grassroots movement to end his political career.

That’s why I founded Remove Ron – and why I need you to be a part of this fight. First things first, I want to hear more about you. Will you take this two-minute survey right now and tell me why you think it’s important we defeat Ron DeSantis?

I’m really looking forward to reading your responses. Thank you for joining the team.

Daniel Uhlfelder
Founder and Chairman
Remove Ron

Click here to check out Remove Ron PAC’s website.

Click  here to take the PAC’s survey.

I’ll have a lot more to cover on this race but for now, check out Francisco Alvarado’s piece on The Daily Beast about how DeSantis has turned Florida into a COVID-19 nightmare:

Thanks to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ongoing approach of forcing his state to be wide-open for business and pleasure, surges in community spread seem virtually inevitable. Last weekend, despite warnings from state epidemiologists, a host of potential superspreader events took Tampa by storm, punctuated by legions of Buccaneers fans, a majority of them maskless, celebrating the home town’s victory when the Super Bowl wrapped up.

“Everytime I see superspreader events like that, yes it does scare me,” said Mark Zeitlin, a 70-year-old from Boynton Beach, Florida, who’s gotten both his shots. “It’s not only Tampa. It’s happening everywhere.”

Glenn Charnizon, a 66-year-old from Delray Beach, Florida, who also got both doses, said he and his wife won’t be dining out, traveling, or going to the grocery store for a “long, long time.”

“Just because we got vaccinated doesn’t mean we can’t get COVID,” Charinzon said. “We’re not taking any chances until 70 to 80 percent of the population is vaccinated.”

Meanwhile, the Biden White House is reportedly considering new restrictions on domestic travel with huge implications in Florida, which accounts for more than a third of all documented U.S. cases of the B-117 variant, also known as the highly contagious U.K. variant. Researchers are also monitoring for any Florida outbreaks of other variants from Brazil and South Africa that have been found elsewhere in the United States, but not—officially—in the Sunshine State.

DeSantis’ response has been to chastise reporters for allegedly downplaying the coronavirus dangers of social justice protests and celebrations of Biden’s electoral victory over Donald Trump, striking a defiant tone regarding any travel restrictions. At a Thursday press conference, DeSantis said, “We will oppose it 100 percent. It would not be based in science. It would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida.” A spokesperson for the governor’s office did not respond to email requests for comment.

  • February 18, 2021