Governor Ron DeSantis Suspends Soros-Backed Tampa State Attorney For Refusing To Enforce Florida Laws

From the press office of Governor Ron DeSantis:

TAMPA, Fla.— Today, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty. The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State Attorney for the period of suspension. She has most recently been serving as a Judge on the Hillsborough County Court. To view the order suspending Andrew Warren and appointing Susan Lopez, click here.

“State Attorneys have a duty to prosecute crimes as defined in Florida law, not to pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal agenda,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “It is my duty to hold Florida’s elected officials to the highest standards for the people of Florida. I have the utmost trust that Judge Susan Lopez will lead the office through this transition and faithfully uphold the rule of law.” 

“I have the utmost respect for our state laws and I understand the important role that the State Attorney plays in ensuring the safety of our community and the enforcement of our laws,” said Susan Lopez, State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit. “I want to thank the Governor for placing his trust in me, and I promise that I will faithfully execute the duties of this office.” 

The Governor has the authority under the Florida Constitution to suspend state officials for reasons of misfeasance, malfeasance, neglect of duty, drunkenness, incompetence, permanent inability to perform official duties, or commission of a felony. The Governor has further authority to fill that office by appointment for the duration of the suspension. 

Susan Lopez was appointed by Governor DeSantis to serve as a judge on the Hillsborough County Court in 2021. She previously served as Assistant State Attorney of the 13th Judicial Circuit for more than 15 years and as Staff Attorney of the Second District Court of Appeal. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and her law degree from Suffolk University. She is a long-time resident of Tampa and has been involved in the Hillsborough community through a variety of organizations for many years.

Out Of Uniform: Why Did Sheriff Gregory Tony Speak To MSD Commission In Suit And Tie?

Sheriff Gregory Tony Was Out Of Uniform On Tuesday.

Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony addressed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission on Tuesday in Sunrise. Most news accounts detailed Tony’s answers regarding who answers the 911 calls in Parkland. But it’s Tony’s wardrobe that caught the eyes of some political insiders.

Gregory Tony loves to make public appearances wearing his dark green BSO uniform adorned with five gold stars. But on Tuesday, Tony appeared at the MSD Commission meeting in a civilian suit and tie. Now, insiders wonder if Tony’s attire signaled his surrender in a certification battle.

In June, a three person panel of the Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJS&TC) found probable cause to revoke Tony’s certification as a law enforcement officer. According to The Florida Bulldog website, the full commission is set to meet in August to determine the final outcome. If he loses certification, Tony would “no longer be a police officer, and would lose not only the ability to make an arrest, but his right to wear his sheriff’s uniform and the five stars he boasts on his collar.”

Perhaps Tony’s uniform was still at the dry cleaners?

Luckily, he wasn’t wearing his speedo.

Stay tuned.