All the way and to the hilt.
Via Miami Herald:
Historically, newly elected politicians are given 100 days to settle into office and get to work before their actions and policies are pored over and dissected.
But it took Florida’s new governor less than two weeks to set his agenda and offer a clear view of how he intends to govern.
During his first 10 days in office, Ron DeSantis led a shock-and-awe campaign across the state. He appointed two conservative state Supreme Court justices, visited a hurricane disaster zone (twice) and unveiled a sweeping environmental agenda in his first 48 hours alone.
On Friday, one day after announcing plans to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana regulations, he ordered the removal of Palm Beach County Elections chief Susan Bucher — the third politician he’s suspended since being sworn into office on Jan. 8. And then he explained a decision to rescind nearly four dozen of his predecessor’s nominations to state boards.
Though he’s barely had time to get settled, DeSantis is already carving out a reputation as a constitutionalist intent on fulfilling promises and crushing politicians who cross him. He has impressed even his critics and rallied the Republican party around him — all while departing notably from predecessor Rick Scott.
“If you look at the campaign promises that we made, the expectation from every Floridian, regardless of whether they voted for us or not, was we were going to lead and we were going to act,” Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, who has so far played an unusually active role in what is traditionally a largely ceremonial post, said in an interview. “He’s serious about getting things done. It’s not just about campaign promises and rhetoric.”
Whether intentionally or not, much of DeSantis’ early agenda has focused on cleaning up issues that Scott left behind.
On Friday, he rescinded Scott’s Nov. 30 suspension of Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes, who’d been removed from office despite her stated plans to resign following a controversial recall. DeSantis, who would otherwise have had to conduct a hearing on her removal, said he wanted to “move beyond this controversy.” Then, a few hours later, he rescinded 46 of Scott’s lame-duck appointments to state boards, although he’s indicated that he’ll renominate some of the same people.
Those moves came one day after DeSantis held a press conference in Orlando to say that he would drop the state’s legal challenges to the ability to smoke medical cannabis — all-but ending a legal battle that Scott’s Department of Health had waged following the 2016 passage of a constitutional amendment approving the use of medical marijuana.
“We’ve got a lot of fish to fry in Florida,” said DeSantis, who also wants to loosen up marijuana business regulations. “The last thing I want to be doing is cleaning up for something that should have happened two years ago.”