Because of this Ron DeSantis is so scary. Whereas Donald Trump deliberate to assert the election was rigged, put pretend electors in place, and strong-arm his Vice-President into sending the election to the Home of Representatives, Ron DeSantis could merely keep away from all the challenge up entrance by creating his personal police power for elections and appoints its chief, this even though there’s no indication of any criminality in Florida’s elections past individuals having been caught voting twice. Democrats see hassle looming, large hassle. In any case, the place do you suppose DeSantis’s election enforcement group will “pre-place” its belongings on election day?
From Florida Playbook:
It nonetheless stays unclear how a lot work — and what number of investigations of voter fraud and different election legislation violations — the state’s newly created Workplace of Election Crimes and Safety will truly undertake throughout this 12 months’s midterm elections.
The vaguer the job description, the extra harmful it’s.
In any case, the workplace touted by Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t get signed into legislation till late April and its funding solely formally kicked in per week in the past. However DeSantis — and Secretary of State Twine Byrd — have discovered a well-recognized face to take over the politically delicate job of working the workplace: Pete Antonacci.
Appoint a loyalist, not somebody with impeccable independence.
Democrats, comparable to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, are extra suspicious of Antonacci’s hiring, calling it absurd and labeling him a “Federalist Society” darling. Democrats stay deeply distrustful of the necessity for the workplace itself, given the dearth of widespread situations of fraud.
There was no said want for this workplace.
Democrats stay rightly and deeply distrustful of Ron DeSantis with good purpose. DeSantis sees himself as president in January 2025 however to get there, DeSantis will likely be pressured to win this November in Florida and he should thread a needle between appeasing the pro-choice state whereas remaining a viable MAGA presidential candidate.
However the bigger level, once more, is that whereas Donald Trump had each “inclination” required to result in fascism, Ron DeSantis quietly goes about getting it accomplished, brick by brick, effectively forward of time, all with a, “Who, me?” look when it’s referred to as out. It’s doable that unbiased girls will vote in enormous numbers this November and Charlie Crist beats DeSantis, maybe by lower than one %.
Is there any situation by which Ron DeSantis’s election safety group doesn’t out of the blue play a task when Crist is up by solely .2%? The arrest of a ballot employee (in city Miami or Tampa, clearly) for “mishandling” 1000’s of ballots? There may be nothing in DeSantis’s historical past that claims, “No.” And there’s nothing in Florida, neither the election safety group, the Florida legislature or Supreme Court docket to face in his method of utilizing it.
Ron DeSantis is meticulous in making certain that he doesn’t need to resort to Trump’s methods and that requires each intense remark and pushback forward of time, forward of 2022 and 2024.
Jason Miciak believes a day with out studying is a day not lived. He’s a political author, options author, writer, and lawyer. He’s a Canadian-born twin citizen who spent his teen and faculty years within the Pacific Northwest and has since lived in seven states. He now enjoys life as a single dad of a younger woman, writing from the seashores of the Gulf Coast. He loves crafting his flower pots, cooking, whereas additionally learning scientific philosophy, faith, and non-math ideas behind quantum mechanics and cosmology. Please be at liberty to contact for talking engagements or any issues.