TALAHASSEE, Fla. Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis accompanied his wife to her cancer treatment as critics accused the governor of taking vacations as coronavirus cases mounted, Fox News has learned.
A DeSantis spokesperson said the governor accompanied wife Casey to cancer treatment on Dec. 29, the day several left-wing critics accused the governor of “missing.”
DeSantis’ announced in October that his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, telling Fox News at the time that as “the mother of three young children, Casey is the center of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through through her initiatives as first lady.”
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Democratic Mayor Jerry Demings of Florida’s Orange County criticized DeSantis at a news conference on Tuesday amid mounting COVID cases, suggesting that residents of the state “should be outraged” that DeSantis was not in front of the media during the peak.
“Our residents, all Florida residents, should be outraged, and they should be asking the question, ‘Now, where’s our state? Where’s our governor?'” Demings said. “Where is Ron DeSantis now? When was the last time you saw the governor give a press conference on COVID-19?”
Others, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., took to social media to criticize DeSantis, accusing him of “inexplicably missing out.”
“Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for 2 weeks,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet during a visit to Florida. “If he’s around I’d like to say hello. His social media team seems to be posting weeks old photos.”
“In the meantime, maybe I can help with local organization,” added Ocasio-Cortez, who was seen without a mask drinking and dining outside in the Sunshine State. “People here are very receptive.”
MSNBC host Joy Reid also lashed out at DeSantis, tweeting, “A governor, who doesn’t rule in a crisis; and instead sunbathing on his belly on vacation. @GovRonDeSantis is Ted Cruzes’ Nero.”
DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw responded to Reid, adding photos of DeSantis’ daily schedule and asking, “Have you ever thought that you’re one of the reasons no one trusts the media?”
DeSantis communications officer Kyle Lamb also responded to critics on Twitter who questioned whether DeSantis was on vacation: “FYI, [DeSantis] is not on vacation. Literally no one from our office has said he is.
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“Anyone who dared to do that could have easily seen the public schedule and seen him taking calls and meetings for the past week,” Lamb added. “Not having public events doesn’t mean = ‘vacation.'”
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