DeSantis, Abbott take ‘friendly fire’ from Sen. Cassidy for leadership against mask mandates

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is accustomed to scurrilous attacks from Democrats and the media but he is now facing “friendly fire” from members of his own party over his ongoing efforts to allow his state’s residents to make their own personal health decisions.

The Sunshine State Republican is facing another savage onslaught from the usual suspects for rejecting the mask mandates prescribed by Washington bureaucrats like CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and Dr. Anthony Fauci, and is once again being demonized by the press over an uptick in coronavirus “cases” that have been wildly blown out of proportion to damage him politically.

On Sunday morning, Senator Bill Cassidy opened another front against the man who many believe is the best governor in America when the Louisiana Republican showed up on CNN’s “State Of The Union” where, during an interview with host Dana Bash, he sniped at the DeSantis as well as Governor Greg Abbott of Texas for not allowing local politicians to exercise control over mask mandates, particularly in schools.

Appealing to Cassidy’s experience as a physician, Bash asked the senator “Your state’s governor, John Bel Edwards (a Democrat) issued a new mask mandate, put it into effect this week,” she said, “Is that the right move?”

Cassidy responded; “If you have a large percentage of your population which is not vaccinated and your infection rate is going up, you got one of two choices,” he said,  either you’re vaccinated or you have to wear a mask,” he said, “otherwise you’re at too great a risk to spread infection to further pack those emergency rooms, to prevent people who have terrible accidents from getting cared for because the hospital is full of COVID, and there is a choice,”

He continued; “On the other hand, if we don’t want mask mandates, get vaccinated, the infection rate goes down and you don’t have a mandate,” Cassidy said neglecting to acknowledge that the CDC has also called for those who have been vaccinated to also mask-up.

Bash then set the table; “Some governors, like Ron DeSantis in Florida, Greg Abbott in Texas, they’re blocking local officials from imposing restrictions like mask mandates, the virus is surging to record highs in those states including yours, so as you said, you are a doctor, you are an elected official, shouldn’t local officials be allowed to make decisions like mask mandates?”

“I’m a conservative, I think you govern best when you govern closest to the people being governed,” Cassidy said, “and if a local community is having a, their ICU is full, and the people at the local schools see that they’ve got to make sure they stay open, because otherwise children miss out for another year of school, and they put in policy, then the local officials should be listened to,” Cassidy said.

Bash pressed on, “So you do disagree with Governor DeSantis?

Cassidy answered, “I do disagree with Governor DeSantis, the local officials should have control here,  I don’t want to top down from Washington, D.C., I don’t want to top down from a governor’s office,” not mentioning that during the first wave of COVID, local officials in Democrat-controlled Florida cities and counties rejected the governor’s desire to protect the rights of citizens.

Biden and the Democrats aren’t the only ones who want to cut off the presidential aspirations of DeSantis at the knees before he gathers even more momentum, the remnants of the Bush-McCain-Romney GOP establishment want control over their party back and that isn’t going to happen with either a Trump or DeSantis White House run.

It bears mentioning that Cassidy was one of the seven Senate Republicans who voted to convict former President Trump during Nancy Pelosi’s failed second impeachment when he joined Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Richard Burr, Ben Sasse, and Pat Toomey in the doomed effort.

Chris Donaldson

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