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

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) has actually asked for that the Department of Justice introduce an examination into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Rep. Crist composed to the acting Attorney general of the United States:

I compose with issue about reports that Florida Guv Ron DeSantis is developing coronavirus vaccine circulation and administration websites in choose places to benefit political allies and donors over the requirements of greater danger neighborhoods and existing county waitlists.

As reported by several news outlets[1], the Guv is establishing “pop-up” vaccination websites to provide dosages to choose neighborhoods. In numerous cases, these websites appear to be targeted to rich neighborhoods with whom Guv DeSantis has clear political connections, enabling some to avoid to the front of the line in counties with existing waitlists[2]. For instance, on February 17th, Guv DeSantis made a surprise statement that 3,000 brand-new vaccine dosages would be provided to the rich enclave of Lakewood Cattle ranch in Manatee County. Lakewood Ranch’s parent company is owned by one of the largest Republican donors in the country, including contributing over $900,000 to the Guv. The ZIP codes in question have the highest income levels and lowest COVID infection rates in the county.

Defeating the COVID-19 pandemic must be our top priority. Given the enormous latitude Governors have over vaccine distribution, it would be unconscionable for political corruption to trump both fairness and the best medical guidance. These are literally life and death decisions. While I am anxious for every Floridian, in every community, to get the vaccine as soon as possible, it should be done based on fairness, not political connection. As a former Guv and Attorney General, these issues of equity and fairness matter deeply to me. I request that the Department of Justice determine if the Governor’s blatantly political vaccine distribution decisions, which do not seem to be in the public’s best interest, violate federal law and merit a full federal investigation.

Governors have immense leeway in deciding where vaccine clinics are located. DeSantis has decided that he will place clinics in rich white Republican communities where his donors and allies live. It is a Trumpian craven and corrupt political act that literally picks who lives and dies in Florida based on how they voted.

The DOJ can and should investigate DeSantis. Rep. Crist has always been a dedicated public servant, and no one knows the governor’s powers better than he does, so if Charlie Crist is sounding the alarm, the Department of Justice should act to stop corrupt DeSantis from potentially killing the citizens of his state.

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