Thomas Gallatin / August 8, 2022

DeSantis vs. Soros

The Florida governor suspends a state attorney who put his leftist politics ahead of upholding the law.

“We are suspending [George] Soros-backed 13th circuit state attorney Andrew Warren for neglecting his duties as he pledges not to uphold the laws of the state," read the statement from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s office last week. The popular Republican governor, who has been widely viewed as a prominent 2024 presidential contender, further explained his decision: "The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not in state attorneys,” he noted. “We are not going to allow this pathogen of ignoring the law get a foothold in the state of Florida.”

The action came after the governor’s office had hinted at a big move earlier in the week. “This isn’t about abortion or any one thing, it’s about having accountability to our system of law and order to prosecute crime,” said the governor’s office. “There has been a pattern developing in Hillsborough County where one person picks and chooses which laws he wishes to enforce.”

Predictably, Warren blasted his suspension as an “illegal” “political stunt,” which is ironic given the fact that Warren is the one guilty of playing politics. Due to his political opinion on abortion and “transgenderism,” Warren had made it clear that he would not be following Florida law. A letter he along with other Soros-backed attorneys signed back in June explicitly stated that they would “decline to use our offices’ resources to criminalize reproductive health decisions.” The letter continued, “Our legislatures may decide to criminalize personal healthcare decisions, but we remain obligated to prosecute only those cases that serve the interests of justice and the people.” Once again, who’s the one acting the part of a politician?

In defending his decision, DeSantis hit the nail on the head: “To take a position that you have veto power over the laws of this state is untenable." A state prosecutor’s job is to uphold the law of the state by prosecuting those charged with violating the law. It’s not in a prosecutor’s purview to determine whether or not a law is good or should be upheld; to do so is to step outside his or her narrowly defined lane.

Hillsborough County, Florida, Sheriff Chad Chronister supported DeSantis’s decision, noting that Warren "seems intently focused on empathy for criminals and less interested in pursuing justice for crime victims.”

Furthermore, despite Warren’s and other state Democrats’ claims that DeSantis is acting like a dictator, the fact is that as the executive of the state, it is well within DeSantis’s authority to hold to account those within the state’s executive branch. Whine as he might, Warren, by declaring that he would not uphold state law, signed his own walking papers.

It is actions like this that explain why so many Republicans and conservatives have taken such a shine to DeSantis. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not afraid to use the power of his office to uphold the law and to counter the false and negative narrative and destructive efforts of the Left.

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