Rep. Charlie Crist Asks DOJ To Examine Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) has requested that the Division of Justice launch an investigation into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Rep. Crist wrote to the performing Lawyer Normal:

I write with concern about studies that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is establishing coronavirus vaccine distribution and administration websites in choose places to profit political allies and donors over the wants of upper threat communities and current county waitlists.

As reported a number of information retailers[1], the Governor is organising “pop-up” vaccination websites to ship doses to pick communities. In a number of instances, these websites appear to be focused to rich communities with whom Governor DeSantis has clear political connections, permitting some to skip to the entrance of the road in counties with current waitlists[2]. For instance, on February 17th, Governor DeSantis made a shock announcement that 3,000 new vaccine doses can be made accessible to the rich enclave of Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County. Lakewood Ranch’s dad or mum firm is owned one of many largest Republican donors within the nation, together with contributing over $900,000 to the Governor. The ZIP codes in query have the very best earnings ranges and lowest COVID an infection charges within the county.

Defeating the COVID-19 pandemic have to be our prime precedence. Given the big latitude Governors have over vaccine distribution, it will be unconscionable for political corruption to trump each equity and the most effective medical steerage. These are actually life and dying selections. Whereas I’m anxious for each Floridian, in each neighborhood, to get the vaccine as quickly as potential, it ought to be executed primarily based on equity, not political connection. As a former Governor and Lawyer Normal, these problems with fairness and equity matter deeply to me. I request that the Division of Justice decide if the Governor’s blatantly political vaccine distribution selections, which don’t appear to be within the public’s greatest curiosity, violate federal legislation and advantage a full federal investigation.

Governors have immense leeway in deciding the place vaccine clinics are situated. DeSantis has determined that he’ll place clinics in wealthy white Republican communities the place his donors and allies stay. It’s a Trumpian craven and corrupt political act that actually picks who lives and dies in Florida primarily based on how they voted.

The DOJ can and will examine DeSantis. Rep. Crist has all the time been a devoted public servant, and nobody is aware of the governor’s powers higher than he does, so if Charlie Crist is sounding the alarm, the Division of Justice should act to cease corrupt DeSantis from doubtlessly killing the residents of his state.

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