Since first being elected in 2018, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has been one of America’s most high-profile and popular Republican figures.
Also garnering attention has been his equally outspoken press secretary, Christina Pushaw, who made headlines this week when she announced her resignation.
“Now the gloves are off”
Pushaw revealed that she was stepping down in a letter sent on Friday to DeSantis’ chief of staff James Uthmeier and director of administration Dawn Hanson.
In it, Pushaw explained that she is leaving her role in order to take a position on the governor’s reelection campaign. Pushaw shared the letter in a tweet, declaring, “Now the gloves are off.”
Now, the gloves are off 😬 https://t.co/zTRxWoTcig
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 12, 2022
“This letter is to officially inform you that I am resigning from my position as Press Secretary for the Executive Office of the Governor, effective August 12, 2022,” she wrote.
“You gave me the latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine the role for a leader whose actions speak for themselves,” Pushaw recalled.
Polls looking good
“I am proud to have been part of a team that has helped Floridians through historic challenges, and continue to deliver results that make life better for the people of our great state,” she continued.
Pushaw went on to praise DeSantis’ administration for “[p]rotecting the rights of citizens to earn a living, gather to worship and celebrate life’s milestones and raise their children free of unconstitutional mandates.”
She also boasted of how the governor is ‘”[e]nsuring that every student is set up for a lifetime of success with high-quality education — not ideological indoctrination.”
Also mentioned was the governor’s commitment to “upholding the rule of law and keeping Floridians safe” along with “protecting life, promoting fatherhood, supporting foster and adoptive families and leading the country in the fight to defend parental rights.”
DeSantis was elected by an extremely narrow margin four years ago, besting Democrat Andrew Gillum’s vote total by less than half a percentage point. However, most polls now show DeSantis as being comfortably ahead of challenger Charlie Crist.