Oh man, did Florida Governor Ron DeSantis own his Democrat opponent Charlie Crist in the latest match up! The debate comes as DeSantis has far out-raised and outspent Crist in the election and is widely projected to win next month’s race.
Crist’s on Desantis for his handling of the hurricane comes after DeSantis’ top political rival, President joe Biden (D), praised DeSantis’ 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 Crist was doing during and after the hurricane hit the state.
“You know what he was doing during this? He was hiding out in Puerto Rico,” DeSantis said. “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.”
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 24, 2022
DeSantis announced Friday that Florida Housing Finance Corporation is awarding $5 million to local housing partners to help Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian pay their home insurance deductibles in the six hardest hit counties. Funding assistance is available to individuals, families, and seniors living in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Lee, and Sarasota counties who apply and qualify through Florida Housing’s local housing partners.
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