Ron DeSantis yesterday appointed the co-founder of the far-right group Moms for Liberty to the state ethics commission, anothr move to consolidate his absolute power in Florida. Via the New Republic:
Moms for Liberty is a far-right “parental rights” organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center recently categorized as an extremist group. New DeSantis appointee Tina Descovich co-founded the group in 2021 to push back against Covid-19 restrictions in schools and against classes that teach about nonwhite history and LGBTQ rights.
Descovich tweeted that it was a “privilege” to join the Florida Commission on Ethics. The nine-member commission is tasked with investigating complaints about alleged breaches of trust by state public officers and employees.
What this appointment actually does is give Descovich even more power to target the same groups that Moms for Liberty attacks. Legal expert Alejandra Caraballo warned that Descovich will now “be able to investigate LGBTQ state employees and allies and systematically remove them from state government.”
You gotta hand it to Juan and Evita — oops, I mean Ron and Casey. They’re absolute geniuses at identifying which levers of government can best be used to target their political enemies. Too bad about democracy!