Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday drew a line in the sand for state attorneys who choose not to uphold the law. The Republican used his constitutional power to suspend liberal State Attorney Andrew Warren for refusing to enforce the laws of Florida.
Those laws include restrictions on child sex change surgeries and abortion.
The Thursday press conference was broadcast on social media.
The Hillsborough County attorney ran afoul of the local sheriff’s office by, as DeSantis charged, putting “himself publicly above the law. Warren signed letters stating he would not enforce prohibitions on “gender-affirming” treatments for minors or limiting abortion.
Florida law, DeSantis noted, grants veto power to governors, not state attorneys. The possible GOP presidential hopeful said he will not allow “this pathogen of ignoring the law” to spread in the Sunshine State.
The governor said the state “is a government of laws, not a government of men.”
DeSantis’ move came with strong support from local law enforcement. Sheriff Chad Chronister said Thursday that Warren shied away from prosecuting particular cases.
Chronister noted the George Soros-backed prosecutor is “intently focused on empathy for criminals and less interested” in getting justice for the victims of their crimes.
DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw taunted leftists on Twitter Wednesday night. She posted that the popular GOP governor was about to cause “the liberal meltdown of the year. She urged everyone to “get some rest” in preparation.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 4, 2022
Whatever meltdown is coming, it certainly won’t be from law enforcement. Former Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan explicitly charged that Warren is a “fraud.” He lamented that the day arrived when DeSantis had to step in and “clean up our mess.”
Florida’s constitution allows the governor to suspend state officials for misfeasance, malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to carry out duties, or committing a felony.
It appears that more than one of these stipulations applies to Warren, who is the latest casualty in the nation’s backtracking from progressive prosecutors. It’s a promising move, and there should be several more in the near future.