New Video: Marco Rubio Once Again Chasing Failed Presidential Dream in Iowa While Florida Faces Worst COVID Spike Yet

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Today, the Florida Democratic Party released a new digital video calling out Marco Rubio for being more focused on pursuing his failed presidential ambitions in Iowa than the devastating spike in COVID-19 cases across Florida.

Watch the full video here

“While regular Floridians are worrying about keeping themselves and their families safe from the pandemic, Marco Rubio is yet again more concerned with his political ambitions. Floridians deserve a leader who will stand by them during a crisis, but sadly spineless Marco Rubio is more focused on impressing Iowa politicians than protecting his own constituents,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox

Statement from FDP Chair as Commissioner of Education Illegally Withholds Salaries for School Board Members in Alachua and Broward Counties

On Monday August 30 Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the Florida Department of Education has withheld the monthly salaries of Alachua and Broward County school board members.
In response to this appalling development, Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz issued the following statement:

“This announcement is shocking and outrageous. Just last Friday, a Leon County Judge determined that Governor DeSantis exceeded his authority when he signed an executive order blocking local school boards from enacting mask protocols. Yet Commissioner Corcoran has moved forward with these heavy-handed tactics to further the Governor’s unconstitutional efforts to prevent school boards from enacting the health protocols they deem necessary to protect the lives of their students and employees. 

“He is abusing the power he wields to enforce a dangerous agenda designed to please a radical segment of the Governor’s political base, even if that means bulldozing over the rights of the communities who elected these officials and putting lives at risk across the state. All of this occurs while the state registers one of the highest rates of COVID hospitalizations in the country and bodies are stacking up at morgues operating beyond capacity.

“I call on DeSantis and Corcoran to immediately release the salaries and discontinue the implementation of this disgraceful directive, or others like it, going forward. It is time for the Governor and his enablers to stand down, put politics aside and allow our school boards to follow the advice of the scientific community as they look to save our children’s lives.”

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