A disgruntled reporter with Puck News wrote a “hit piece” on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis after he refused to respond to her shouted-out questions.
The reporter, Tara Palmeri of Puck News, attempted to engage DeSantis at the Florida State House on Monday.
Palmeri, whom the Daily Caller dubbed a “senior political correspondent,” badgered the potential GOP presidential candidate by following him out of the building and shouting out a variety of statements and questions, including:
“Gov. DeSantis, you can talk to me … I’m also Italian American like you.”
“So Gov. DeSantis, why are you against Disney characters?”
“Which one is your favorite one?”
DeSantis chose not to engage the reporter.
Palmeri responded by writing that she “peaceably followed” the governor and claimed he “appeared to be running away from her.”
Palmeri also accused DeSantis of being “scared of the spotlight” and “running away from” her “hard-hitting questions.”
Disparaging the governor, Palmeri wrote:
“In person, I immediately sensed a very different potential candidate: a guarded politician who had no interest in actually engaging with other humans and was perhaps even a little scared of the spotlight.”
Though Palmeri trailed DeSantis as he made his way out of the building, the reporter wrote that DeSantis “had trouble making eye contact with people in the crowd.”
Palmeri referred to her attempt to engage DeSantis in an interview as a “slow-motion chase [that] ended w/ DeSantis behind the black tinted-windows of his S.U.V.”
Puck News published Palmeri’s unflattering article on Monday, in which she described the Florida governor as a “socially-uncomfortable presidential hopeful.”
The DeSantis team dismissed Palmeri’s criticisms and noted that the governor did not respond to her questions because they were inane and undeserving of a response.
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