DeSantis Ousts Orlando Prosecutor; Appoints Extremist Judge

Photo via Roger Gannam, Facebook.

Before flying off to Iowa, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed another Democratic scalp.

Citing dereliction of duty, DeSantis removed the state attorney for the Orlando area 9th judicial circuit. Monique Worrell is the second elected prosecutor DeSantis has removed from office. 

“This is an outrage,” Worrell said, calling DeSantis a “weak dictator.” 

But the governor wasn’t finished. A few days later, he appointed anti-LGBT attorney Roger Gannam to a judgeship on the Lakeland-based Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Gannam previously worked at the Liberty Counsel, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as an extremist hate group. Kim Davis, the rural Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, was one of Gannam’s clients. 

“It’s a slap in the face to anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all,” said Equality Florida senior policy advisor Carlos Guillermo Smith. 

Meanwhile, DeSantis campaigned at the Iowa State Fair with his wife Casey and their three young children. Protesters, blowing whistles and ringing cow bells, disrupted his Q&A session with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds before being carted off by police. 

DeSantis deflected on the indictment out of Georgia of former President Donald Trump and 18 of his associates, pointing instead to “huge problems with crime” in Atlanta. Trump, still leading the Republican field by a wide margin in the polls, told reporters in Iowa that DeSantis “should leave the race.”


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