Ron DeSantis Suspends Prosecutor for Refusing to Enforce Florida Law

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Ron DeSantis, who is a potential 2024 presidential nominee on the Republican side of the aisle, all the polls show him within striking distance of Donald Trump at the moment and we still have a couple of years to go before the actual primaries begin. Ron DeSantis in Florida is demonstrating full scale. This particular idea, which is that if there are people who work for your branch and they refuse to actually abide by the laws that you are supposed to enforce, these people should be fired. So controversy has now broken out over the fact that governor desantis has suspended a state prosecutor Thursday for pledges he made to decline prosecuting cases involving violations related to abortion and gender transition treatment. Rhonda Santos said that he had suspended Andrew Warren, a Democrat who served as the top prosecutor for the state's 13th judicial circuit in hillsborough county, which includes Tampa for neglect of duty. The Republican governor then tapped state judge Susan Lopez to serve as state attorney during the suspension, the state has 20 state attorneys. Here's Ron DeSantis announcing his firing of Andrew Warren. The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not an individual state attorneys. And so when you flagrantly violate your oath of office, when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty. You have neglected your duty and you are displaying a lack of competence to be able to reform those duties. And so today we are suspending state attorney Andrew Warren effective in media. So state attorney Andrew Warren put out a statement saying it's an illegal overreach that continues a dangerous pattern by Ron DeSantis of using his office to further his own political ambition. It spits in the face of the voters of hillsborough county, but twice elected me to serve them, not Ron DeSantis. The problem with that, of course, is that if you have a state attorney who simply refuses to prosecute crime, he is not doing his job.

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