Less than a year after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was widely ridiculed after fleeing Texas during a fatal storm to vacation in Cancun, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is receiving widespread criticism for being out of public eye while the omicron variant of coronavirus is surging in the Sunshine State.
On Thursday, Florida set a new all-time record for Covid cases.
Florida is shattering its own #COVID19 records right now, as the state topped 50,000 in a single day Wednesday and just now they closed in on 80,000 new cases In. A. Single. Day.https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-florida-covid-19-updated-statistics-thursday-20211230-svrwxb5u6nbbhp6zaqik47qxne-story.html\u00a0\u2026— Jason Fechner (@Jason Fechner) 1640896663
DeSantis has been blasted for being missing in action, with Florida House Democrats wondering about his location.
Record new COVID cases, Floridians can't find tests, support from the state feels nonexistent.... Where's Ron, tho?pic.twitter.com/ny9yqbpIdK— Florida House Democrats (@Florida House Democrats) 1640893211
On Thursday, DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw confirmed that he was on vacation along with all state employees (though Pushaw was working).
The public schedule for @GovRonDeSantis and @LtGovNunez goes out every day. Here\u2019s part of the Governor\u2019s public schedule for 2 days ago. Today and tomorrow are holidays for state employees.pic.twitter.com/I9TaZyTQip— Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a (@Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a) 1640881502
When it was pointed out that Pushaw had confirmed DeSantis is on vacation, Pushaw lashed out at the fact as "fake news" — while repeating her confirmation and arguing it is a good thing for DeSantis and his family, if not for Florida.
Fake news, like everything Lev Parnas\u2019 son posts. All state employees have a vacation day today. It\u2019s the holiday season. Maybe a governor who has 3 young kids & his wife is battling cancer would want to spend time with his family! Regarding tests, ask Biden, who is on vacation.pic.twitter.com/m4JLO5TZQe— Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a (@Christina Pushaw \ud83d\udc0a) 1640894455