Florida Phoenix by Michael Moline
January 7, 2020
At an inaugural ceremony in Tallahassee on Jan. 8, 2019, former congressman Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida’s governor.
We’ve heard what DeSantis thinks of his first year in office – it was “an incredible year for Florida” with “historic accomplishments that are of the utmost importance to Floridians,” according to an assessment released by the governor’s aides last month.
The Florida Phoenix queried an array of figures active in political circles, including Republicans and Democrats, about their own takes on the Republican governor’s performance thus far. They didn’t all get back to us, but here’s what those who did had to say:
Gwen Graham, former congresswoman and 2016 Democratic candidate for governor:
“I don’t buy any of his record. The decisions that should be being made – whether we talk about education or the environment or voter rights – concern how do we make this state better for the lives of Floridians.