You may recall that last month, FL Gov Ron DeSantis used his presumed power as Florida’s Chief Executive to remove from office Andrew Warren as Hillsborough County state attorney and install his conservative buddy Susan Lopez.
Andrew Warren, a Democrat, was removed as Hillsborough county state attorney on 4 August after saying he would not enforce the abortion ban or prosecute providers of gender transition treatment for young people.
Warren was duly elected to the county prosecutor office in 2016 and re-elected in 2020, but DeSantis decided that his views were too liberal for Florida and removed him from office. Lopez has already reversed several of Warren’s liberal policies.
Well, guess what? Warren sued DeSantis and now DeSantis is going to have to defend his actions in court.
At a hearing in Tallahassee on Monday, Judge Robert Hinkle denied motions from DeSantis to dismiss Warren’s lawsuit, and another by Warren seeking an immediate return to office, instead requesting their differences be settled at a trial in the coming weeks.
This is not the first time DeSantis has removed elected Florida officials for being too liberal. He recently removed 4 members of a Broward County School Board for enforcing a mask mandate. In 2019 he also removed the Broward County Sheriff for “neglect of duty.” You will of course be shocked to learn that all his firings have been Democrats.
DeSantis will have to testify in the trial. Lordy, break out the popcorn.
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