The Weekender (11/12/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Florida: As Ron DeSantis officially filed paperwork to run for reelection, the DGA is calling out DeSantis as a vulnerable hypocrite who has repeatedly put himself first — no matter the cost to Floridians’ health and financial security. As COVID surged, DeSantis led a crusade against the health and safety of children and families, fueling a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” that has been criticized by more than 800 in-state doctors, parents, major industries in Florida, and front-line workers. He also refused to expand Medicaid and attacked local counties and schools with fines for implementing their own common sense mask and vaccine measures. DeSantis even slammed President Biden’s historic bipartisan infrastructure package, calling it “pork-barrel spending” and “bad juju” — ignoring the deep infrastructure needs of his state and how it will directly benefit Florida.
Illinois: The Illinois GOP primary for governor just got a whole lot messier. Billionaire Ken Griffin promised in a recent interview to go “all in” to fund a GOP primary candidate in the race — but he didn’t specify which (if any) of the current candidates in the field he’d like to bankroll. The announcement from Griffin is sure to send the field of far-right, backward GOP candidates into a frenzy as they compete with each other for the billionaire’s bucks. This isn’t the first time Griffin has financed a Republican running for governor. Griffin financed former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner with a record $20 million donation as Rauner destroyed the state budget, cut spending for public programs, and drove Illinois’ economy into a ditch. Meanwhile, as the state emerges from the pandemic, Gov. Pritzker is putting Illinois back on firm fiscal footing, leading to credit rating upgrades and an improving business environment.