An effort to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) appears to have fizzled out as soon as it was announced. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) attempted to claim that Florida’s murder rate was significantly higher than that of New York, but statistics showed otherwise.
Murphy was responding to a tweet by the Florida governor about a legal defense fund for Daniel Penny. Penny is being prosecuted for his role in the death of subway passenger Jordan Neely in New York.
We must defeat the Soros-Funded DAs, stop the Left's pro-criminal agenda, and take back the streets for law abiding citizens. We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) May 13, 2023
Passengers on the train stated that Neely had been confrontational before Penny restrained the man in a headlock. Penny, a Marine Corps veteran was charged with manslaughter stemming from the incident.
DeSantis said that Republicans “must defeat the Soros-Funded DAs” and “stop the Left’s pro-criminal agenda.”
Murphy asked why Florida’s murder rate was “65% higher than New York’s murder rate?”
The Connecticut Democrat then mockingly asked if it was due to bad luck or “humidity?”
He then wrote that “deciding to make it easy for criminals to get guns is more “pro-criminal” than making it hard for criminals to get guns.”
Murphy had stated the number of murder victims but not adjusted the numbers per capita. The 65% figure was inaccurate.
Murphy’s political attack appears timed to coincide with the possible launch of a DeSantis 2024 presidential bid.
The Florida governor’s potential campaign may be imminent, according to several key elements.
DeSantis’ political team is moving from the Florida GOP’s headquarters to a new office, which makes the odds of DeSantis joining the presidential fray much higher.
The expenses, if tied to a presidential campaign, would require a Federal Election Commission report. This most likely indicates that an announcement will be made in the near future.
The likely 2024 hopeful made a high-profile visit to Iowa this weekend, holding a rally in Sioux City. Following the cancelation of an event by former President Donald Trump in Des Moines, DeSantis made an unannounced stop in the city.
In addition, DeSantis received considerable support from several key figures in Iowa’s political scene. Despite the fact that the Florida governor has not announced a potential bid for the White House, he has been endorsed by Iowa’s state Senate president and the state House majority leader.