Fired State Attorney Won’t Seek Reelection-DeSantis ‘Could Suspend Me Again’
Former Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren says he will not attempt to run for reelection this year, citing a high likelihood that Governor Ron DeSantis would suspend him from office again. Warren was previously elected to the office in 2016 and 2020 before being removed from his position in 2022 for neglect of duty. Warren had teased the possibility of running to get his job back last year, but after a failed appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, he is now throwing in the towel.
“I have been planning to run for reelection since the day I was suspended. But the governor has made clear that he does not care about the will of the voters or our democracy and that he is willing to break state and federal law to keep me from serving as State Attorney,” Warren said in an email to supporters Monday.
“Because the courts have let his illegal political stunt stand, if I ran and won, he could suspend me again for whatever bogus reason he wanted. And then we would be right back where we are today, with an illegal, unqualified political appointee installed in the job. I care about the State Attorney’s Office and this community too much to have that cloud of uncertainty hanging over us. I care too much to have that office remain leaderless—with an unlawful political puppet placed in a position she didn’t earn and isn’t qualified to hold.”
DeSantis broke our democracy, and it’s too fragile & too important to let him do it again. So I'll take one for the team and not run for re-election as I keep fighting the illegal suspension (as a court ruled) to serve out my term on behalf of the community that elected me. pic.twitter.com/7QcNkwJhM6
— Andrew Warren (@AndrewWarrenFL) January 8, 2024
Warren was suspended by Governor DeSantis in August 2022 for “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” after the liberal state attorney vowed not to enforce laws cracking down on child sex surgeries and abortions. Officials, including Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, described Warren as putting himself above the law and deciding which laws to enforce.
“The constitution of Florida has vested the veto power in the governor, not in individual state attorneys, and so when you flagrantly violate your oath of office, when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty,” DeSantis said at the time of Warren’s suspension.
“You have neglected your duty and you are displaying a lack of competence to be able to perform those duties and so today, we are suspending State Attorney Andrew Warren. We are not going to allow this pathogen that’s been around the country of ignoring the law. We are not going to let that get a foothold here in the state of Florida.”
DeSantis: Today we are suspending state attorney Andrew Warren!
DeSantis suspends woke state attorney for refusing to enforce Florida abortion restrictions and sex change prohibitions for minors. pic.twitter.com/UjIhaH99Wg
— ProudPatriotUS🇺🇲 (@PrPatriotUS) August 5, 2022
Warren’s suspension was the first of two by Governor DeSantis of a Democrat prosecutor. Last year, he suspended Orlando State Attorney Monique Worrell for “abuse” of her discretion. Another Soros-backed “woke” prosecutor, Worrell, was notorious for failing to prosecute violent criminals in her district.
“One’s political agenda cannot trump this solemn duty; refusing to enforce the laws of Florida faithfully puts our communities in danger and victimizes innocent Floridians,” DeSantis said.
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