Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has hammered Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) after it emerged that the Democrat gubernatorial challenger was “soliciting campaign contributions” from Hurricane Ian victims.
DeSantis took the Democrat to the woodshed during a fiery Monday night debate after Crist tried to criticize the governor’s handling of the storm.
The debate was originally scheduled for October 12 but was postponed due to the devastation left in the wake of the hurricane.
Crist’s attacks against the governor’s handling of the hurricane come after Democrat President Joe Biden praised DeSantis’s response to the natural disaster.
“What the governor’s done is pretty remarkable,” Biden said earlier this month.
“I think he’s done a good job.”
“Look, I’m proud that we had 42,000 linemen staged, ready to go, an unprecedented array of first responders,” DeSantis said during the debate.
“We were able to get in in a record time, effectuate thousands of rescues, get the power back on for millions of people in record time.”
“And when the bridges got wiped out in Pine Island and in Sanibel people thought those islands were going to be severed from the mainland for six months to a year, we did the Pine Island Restoration in three days and we did the Sanibel causeway restoration in two weeks,” DeSantis continued.
“Now those islands have the ability to recover.”
DeSantis then turned his focus to Crist and what Democrat was doing during and after the hurricane hit the state.
“You know what he was doing during this?” DeSantis said.
“He was hiding out in Puerto Rico.
“He wasn’t helping his community here.
“And then when he got back, what did he do?
“His campaign was soliciting campaign contributions from storm victims.
“That is unacceptable and that’s not what a leader would do and a time of despair.”
Governor DeSantis SLAMS @CharlieCrist for soliciting campaign donations from #HurricaneIan victims 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YENVK8eqIE
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 24, 2022
As Slay News reported, a phony “charity” that has been collecting donations for Hurricane Ian victims has been exposed as a shill to raise money for Democrat politicians in Florida.
An investigation revealed that the website IanResponse.org has been funneling all of its donations into the election campaigns of Democrat politicians in Florida.
Crist was among those Democrats that benefitted from the scam, which also includes Rep. Val Demings, who is challenging GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, and others.