Ron DeSantis is facing his first re-election for Governor in November.
Democrats thought they could take down DeSantis over his support for parental rights.
But Democrats are fuming over what firefighters in Disney’s Reedy Creek District admitted about Ron DeSantis.
Ron DeSantis emerged from the pandemic as a rock star in the Republican Party for his willingness to stand up to Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci.
DeSantis refused to enforce lockdowns, kept schools open, and banned mask and vaccine mandates.
But DeSantis’ pro-freedom pandemic policies were only the beginning of his rise to national fame in the GOP.
DeSantis set off a firestorm by taking on the Left’s woke ideology.
He banned Critical Race Theory in Florida’s schools and signed a bill prohibiting biological males from participating in women’s sports.
But it was DeSantis’ support for the Parental Rights in Education Bill that turned him into the number one villain of the radical Left.
The Parental Rights in Education Bill simply prohibited teaching children in grades K-3 inappropriate lessons about gender identity and sexual orientation.
But after the left-wing media misnamed it the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Democrats from all across the country began viciously attacking Ron DeSantis in an effort to intimidate him into dropping his support.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek released a statement announcing the company’s intention to defeat the bill.
But DeSantis is not one to be swayed by pressure campaigns.
And despite their best efforts, DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law.
But DeSantis also decided to teach Disney a lesson for their push to help the Left groom children in Florida.
Created in 1967, the Reedy Creek District allowed Disney to control zoning and public services over a 40-square-mile area encompassing the Walt Disney World Resort and the company’s other Orlando theme parks.
DeSantis signed legislation ending the Reedy Creek District and revoking Disney’s special tax and governing privileges, which will go into effect on June 1, 2023.
So far, no written plan has been released publicly explaining what will happen to the jobs and benefits of public safety officers in Reedy Creek when the district dissolves.
Democrats were hoping to use this as a way to attack DeSantis in November, but the firefighters union in Reedy Creek just poured cold water on that plan by endorsing DeSantis’ re-election.
On Tuesday, the President of the Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Association, Jon Shirey, gave his endorsement in front of a crowd of members at a press conference with DeSantis in Orlando.
Sirey represents 200 union members in ReedyCreek.
“He has been the most pro-first responder Governor that I have seen in my entire 37 years in Florida,” Shirey said. “We’re pretty confident that no matter how this thing shakes out with Reedy Creek that we’re going to be fine.”
DeSantis thanked the firefighters for their endorsement and promised that he had their backs.
“In the State of Florida, we’ve got your back,” DeSantis said about firefighters during his speech. “We understand how important the mission is, and we’ll be doing what we can continue to do in the future to build off the great record of success.”
DeSantis supports a number of policies the firefighters union appreciates, including legislation addressing firefighter occupational cancer and a “hometown heroes” program that provides down-payment assistance to first-time homebuyers.
He also announced that first responders would receive a $1,000 bonus for the second year in a row.
“Our first responder heroes will receive $1,000 bonuses for the second year in a row, a small token of our appreciation for their service to their communities,” DeSantis added.
“You can count on me to be in your corner,” DeSantis told the firefighters.
In Florida, our first responder heroes will receive $1,000 bonuses for the second year in a row, a small token of our appreciation for their service to their communities.
I am proud to have the endorsement of the Florida Professional Firefighters! pic.twitter.com/Q2ShBDvLQv
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) July 13, 2022
The Florida Professional Firefighters, which represents 27,000 firefighters and emergency medical services personnel across the state, also endorsed Ron DeSantis’ re-election.
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