Ron DeSantis accompanied his wife to cancer treatment as critics claimed he was ‘missing’
TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis accompanied his wife to her cancer treatment as critics accused the governor of taking vacation as coronavirus cases increased, Fox News has learned.
A spokesperson for DeSantis said the governor accompanied his wife Casey for cancer treatment on December 29, the day several left-wing critics accused the governor of “disappearance.”
DeSantis announcement in October that his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, telling Fox News at the time that as “a mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has had an impact on life countless Floridians thanks to her initiatives as first lady. “
Democratic Mayor Jerry Demings of Orange County in Florida slammed DeSantis at a press conference on Tuesday amid the surge COVID case, suggesting that residents of the state “should be outraged” with DeSantis not being in front of the media during the peak.
âOur residents, all Florida residents should be outraged, and they should ask the question, ‘Now where is our state? Where is our governor?’â Demings noted. “Where is Ron DeSantis now?” When was the last time you saw the governor give a media availability regarding COVID-19? “
Others, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., have taken to social media to criticize DeSantis and accuse him of being “inexplicably missing.”
“Hasn’t Governor DeSantis been inexplicably missing for about 2 weeks,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet during a visit to Florida. “If he’s here, I’d be happy to say hello to him. His social media team seems to have posted old photos for weeks.”
“In the meantime, maybe I could help with the local organization,” added Ocasio-Cortez, who was spotted without mask while drinking and dining outside in the Sunshine State. “People are quite receptive here.”
MSNBC host Joy Reid also lashed out at DeSantis, writing in a tweet: “A governor, who doesn’t govern during a crisis, and instead takes the sun on vacation. @GovRonDeSantis is Ted’s Nero Cruzes. “
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw responded to Reid, attaching photos from DeSantis’ daily schedule, and asked, “Did you ever think you were one of the reasons why nobody trusts the media?
DeSantis communications staff member Kyle Lamb also responded to critics on Twitter who wondered if DeSantis was on vacation, writing: “Just for the record, [DeSantis] is not on vacation. Literally no one in our office said it was.
âAnyone pushing who could have easily seen the public schedule and saw that he was taking calls and meetings last week,â Lamb added. âNot holding public events does not mean = ‘vacation’. “
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