Tallahassee Democrat by Nikki Fried
May 30, 2020
Florida is a unique state for a wide variety of reasons. One of those is how we’re governed – we’re the only state with a cabinet that constitutionally governs together over numerous state agencies.
The four officials on this bipartisan cabinet each earned more than four million votes from Floridians. Together, we jointly oversee the state’s revenue, law enforcement, land acquisition and restoration of voting and civil rights, among other important responsibilities.
At all times — and particularly during a pandemic — Floridians expect their state leaders to govern together. But we can’t do that without all the facts.
Since we took office in 2019, there has been a tendency by Gov. DeSantis to leave the Cabinet – and Floridians – in the dark. And since the COVID-19 outbreak, that tendency has become a disturbing pattern of deception and withholding critical information.
Time after time, we’ve seen the governor’s office and his agencies refuse to answer questions or release cases, data and other public information, until forced to by the media or public pressure.