In a bold move, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis fired Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Monique Worrell. Worrell was very angry about the governor's choice, and he called him a "weak dictator" during a press conference.
🚨 BREAKING: Soros-backed State Attorney Monique Worrell is MELTING DOWN after Ron DeSantis removed her from her position citing her dereliction of duty and incompetence.
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The fact that Democratic prosecutor Worrell has been fired by Governor DeSantis comes at a very important time for his presidential campaign. This is not the first time the governor has done this to an elected prosecutor. In 2022, he banned Tampa prosecutor Andrew Warren for not enforcing Florida's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.
Worrell showed how angry she was by saying, "This is an outrage. People in the Ninth Judicial Circuit chose me to lead this circuit three years ago, and a weak ruler can't change that. She also said that she had been honest about how she did her job and hadn't made any empty claims.
Both Worrell and Warren got money for their campaigns from a group backed by billionaire George Soros. This means that Soros was involved in both of their campaigns. Governor DeSantis has often brought up this link and said proudly that he is the only elected official in America to get rid of a "progressive" district attorney who was paid for by Soros.
The suspension was suddenly revealed at a press conference with only half an hour's warning, which caught the media by surprise. Worrell held her own press meeting in Orlando right away to criticise what the governor had done. She talked about what her office had done well and pointed out that they had closed almost 3,000 cases this year, even though they had political differences with Republicans over some high-profile cases, like a recent shooting spree in Orlando that killed three people.
Governor DeSantis criticised prosecutors who don't "faithfully enforce the law" when he announced the suspension. He also said that their political goals shouldn't come before their duties. Ashley Moody, the Republican Attorney General of Florida, said the same thing. Conservatives are very upset that Soros is giving money to prosecuting campaigns. They think this is an attempt to change the way the criminal justice system works. Many people say that money from Soros can help elect judges who are easy on criminals or who put a political goal first.
Governor DeSantis chose Andrew Bain to replace Worrell. Before going to law school, Bain played offensive line for a football team. Bain was a judge on the Orange County Bench of the Ninth Circuit. He lived in Orlando. This appointment makes DeSantis's stance against what he sees as outside effects in local affairs, especially Soros-funded campaigns in Florida's prosecutorial races, even stronger.
Overall, Governor DeSantis's decision to suspend State Attorney Monique Worrell has sparked a heated political fight fueled by ideological differences and claims of interference from outside sources.