Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t know who Rebekah Jones was Tuesday afternoon when reporters requested him for touch upon her firing.
However by Wednesday afternoon, the Governor supplied an authoritative prosecution of the case for firing Jones, who had worked on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, with trigger.
DeSantis disparaged her, saying she’s “not even an information scientist … not concerned in collating knowledge, she lacks the experience to try this. She just isn’t an epidemiologist. She just isn’t the chief architect of our net portal, that’s one other false assertion.”
The Governor famous that she had a historical past of bucking superiors in her current duties.
“What she was doing was placing knowledge on the portal which the scientists didn’t consider was legitimate knowledge,” DeSantis mentioned. “So she didn’t take heed to the individuals who have been her superiors. She had many individuals above her within the chain of command.”
The Governor additionally threw some mud, noting that she confronted legal fees for cyberstalking and sexual harassment.
“She ought to have been dismissed lengthy earlier than that,” DeSantis mentioned. “I’ve requested the Division of Well being to clarify to me how somebody could possibly be charged with this and stick with it.”
The blistering statements proceed a story, superior by the Governor’s Workplace and press allies, that Jones’ firing was warranted regardless of a hue and cry from Democrats who accused him of information suppression.
The Governor’s head spokesperson, Helen Aguirre Ferre, bashed Jones Tuesday for a “repeated course of insubordination throughout her time with the Division, together with her unilateral selections to switch the Division’s COVID-19 dashboard with out enter or approval from the epidemiological crew or her supervisors.”
“The blatant disrespect for the professionals who have been working across the clock to supply the necessary info for the COVID-19 web site was dangerous to the crew,” Ferre added. “Having somebody disruptive can’t be tolerated throughout this public pandemic, which led the Division to find out that it was finest to terminate her employment.”
In the meantime, a file of details about the jilted Jones appeared, in article type, on the conservative Capitolist web site, the place the administration’s argument bought a sympathetic listening to.
— to floridapolitics.com