DeSantis Avoids Fort Lauderdale During Record Rainfall
FLORIDA GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS ABANDONS FORT LAUDERDALE AS IT SUFFERS HISTORIC FLOODING
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis isn’t looking very much like a viable presidential candidate with each passing second. But it is clear that he and his team do indeed have a very clear idea of brand and how to present it. But that seems to be an echo chamber where they are deafened by their own exclusive brilliance. The latest example of this this is how he has pretty much skipped out on Fort Lauderdale as the city has been inundated with epic, record rainfall. Wednesday and Thursday, the city saw an astounding 2 feet of water hit the ground.
AS FORT LAUDERDALE SCRAMBLED TO RESCUE HUNDREDS, GOVERNOR DESANTIS WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND
As you might imagine, that rain did more than hit the ground, it covered it. Florida, you may know, is prone to flooding in a variety of scenarios, but especially 2 feet of water in two days of rain. Local Fort Lauderdale officials received more than 900 calls for rescue. That’s the kind of situation where a governor (let’s say Ron DeSantis here as it is in Florida) would normally appear to help coordinate and make sure local officials have all the extra help they need. That would be the responsible thing for a governor to do.
FORT LAUDERDALE CRISIS LESS IMPORTANT THAN SIGNING BOOKS WITH OTHER VOTERS IN OHIO
But there’s also the visibility aspect of this, as well. Governors look good when they have an opportunity to show up, be sympathetic, maybe actually help with the situation and then catch a few soundbites and create some images and video meeting displaced locals and offering sympathy. DeSantis missed out on that opportunity thoroughly. So where was he? In Ohio, to sign some books and rub elbows with voters whose votes seem to matter more to him on the national stage than in Florida. I’m sure that DeSantis has a strategy to become president. But this emperor lost some clothes in a storm of his own making.