“Soros-backed” prosecutor Andrew Warren has hit back at Gov. Ron DeSantis after the Florida Republican suspended him for refusing to enforce laws he disagreed with politically.
DeSantis suspended the former DA after he promised not to enforce state laws on abortion and child sex-change operations.
“When you flagrantly violate your oath of office, when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty, 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, effective immediately,” DeSantis said at a press conference.
In suspending the Democratic prosecutor, DeSantis cited his authority under Article IV, Section 7 of the Florida state Constitution.
Warren addressed the issue in a press conference, saying that DeSantis’ actions are undermining democracy.
“People need to understand this isn’t the governor trying to suspend the one elected official,” Warren said. “This is the governor trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County.”
Warren won election to his office in 2016 and won reelection in 2020 by a margin of nearly 50,000 votes, according to WTSP-TV.
At the time of that press conference, Warren had not yet read the official order suspending him, but said he “heard it contains a lot of conjecture and lies.”
“I woke up to do my job today, and that’s exactly what I did,” Warren said. “Just based on the governor’s track record with unconstitutional orders, I have a feeling that this is going to be just as unconstitutional.”
Warren did not explain what was unconstitutional about the actions taken by DeSantis, but did argue that his intention with the order was to make a good head start for a possible presidential run.
“I think the governor is trying to make a good impression on the Iowa caucus voters,” Warren said.
Warren defended himself from charges levied by DeSantis, in spite of his vow to ignore state law. Warren claims he has not yet had a case involving abortion or child sex-change operations come to his office.
“We’ve had none. None of those cases have been brought to us. We’re not anticipating those cases being brought to us,” Warren said. “You should go ask the sheriff whether he has had those cases and whether they’re investigating arresting people for that, because when they do, and they bring us a case, we’ll evaluate it.”