‘FYI, BlueAnon is lying’: DeSantis press sec counters manufactured outrage over infrastructure spending

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Christina Pushaw, official spokeswoman for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, called out the fake outrage from liberals criticizing $80 million in new infrastructure spending in the state announced last week.

Pushaw schooled so-called journalists and politicians alike for their attacks on DeSantis and Republicans, with some direct back-and-forth with Melissa Ross, who hosts the daily one-hour local call-in show “First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross” on WJCT, in addition to a weekly syndicated show on NPR.

Ross chimed in on Friday after the governor’s press conference — in an obvious attempt to politicize the welcome announcement of the newest allocation of funds — to note that DeSantis “opposed the [Biden] infrastructure bill” along with Florida’s Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

She then inferred that the governor’s administration was being hypocritical when saying that this particular “funding is needed but calls the Biden infrastructure spending ‘wasteful pork.'”

Pushaw jumped right in, calling out the misinformation coming from Ross:

Pushaw was referring to the funds allocated after Hurricane Irma in 2017. According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the “Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program was launched with $85,819,653 to fund infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage from Hurricane Irma.”

The governor’s press secretary called out one after another on Twitter who showed their “true colors” as Democrat activist hacks.

Although the left immediately jumped on DeSantis’ announcement as the governor taking a victory lap for something that Biden made possible, the response was swift to repudiate it. Ross received pushback from other Twitter users, in addition to Pushaw:

Pushaw called Ross out for not properly doing her research.

Ross continued her back-and-forth with Pushaw, asking for DeSantis to appear on her show. In one tweet directed at Pushaw, she asked, “Why is federal funding from the previous administration ok but not this one?” She again requested that DeSantis appear on her show; Pushaw indicated that he receives requests like this dozens of times each day, saying that he responds to as many inquiries as possible.

Ross responded:

Pushaw tweeted back:

Ross finally acknowledged the fact that the infrastructure dollars in Friday’s announcement were not coming from the Biden Infrastructure Bill:

Pushaw didn’t miss a beat and explained the allocation of the Hurricane Irma funds:  “You called it a ‘delay,’ which indicates that it was delivered later than warranted. Rebuild Florida administers funds for long term recovery efforts that take years after a hurricane.”

She continued, saying, “And that is by design, the money is not meant to be blown all at once. Direct any specific questions about these grants and timelines to @FLDEO the state agency that administers the program! Thanks!”


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