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  • Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo said her bid to become the first Latina in the state to run for governor on a major party ticket was launched in reaction to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ coronavirus policies.
  • DeSantis has been a vocal opponent of vaccine and mask mandates, and his administration has threatened to take action against localities and schools choosing to defy executive orders.
  • “It’s unacceptable in the United States of America, and I’m not going to stand on the sidelines and not fight for us to have a governor that can represent us all and a governor that will actually be worried about Floridians and not primary voters in Iowa,” she added.

Florida state Sen. Annette Taddeo (D) said her bid to become the first Latina in the state to run for governor on a major party ticket was launched in reaction to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) coronavirus policies. 

“Frankly, as a mom with a kid in public school, that was just a nonstarter. I was really flabbergasted,” Taddeo told NBC News

DeSantis has been a vocal opponent of vaccine and mask mandates, and his administration has threatened to take action against localities and schools choosing to defy executive orders banning the requirements. 

But Taddeo believes DeSantis’ orders fall under the purview of authoritarian leaders.

“Threatening to remove people from office who are duly elected by the people, taking funds away from our taxpayer dollars for our kids’ education, this is the kind of thing we see Maduro in Venezuela do,” Taddeo said of DeSantis, referring to the Venezuelan leader, Nicolás Maduro.

“It’s unacceptable in the United States of America, and I’m not going to stand on the sidelines and not fight for us to have a governor that can represent us all and a governor that will actually be worried about Floridians and not primary voters in Iowa,” she added, in reference to speculation that DeSantis might make a run at the presidency. 


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Taddeo is facing an uphill battle within her own party as she will face Rep. Charlie Crist and former governor Nikki Fried in the primary before squaring off against likely Republican nominee DeSantis in 2022, should he remain on the ballot instead of pursuing a presidential bid. 

New COVID-19 cases in Florida have fallen by 45 percent in the past 14 days with the state average more than 2,300 per day. Likewise, hospitalizations are down across the state by 39 percent at an average of 14 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. 

Approximately 59 percent of the state is fully vaccinated. 


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Published on Oct 20, 2021