Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has dropped a bombshell by firing Monique H. Worrell, the state’s attorney for the State of Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. The Governor made the announcement during a press conference held on Wednesday morning, stating that the suspension was effective immediately.
Governor DeSantis’s decision comes after accusing Worrell of disregarding her duty to prosecute crimes in her jurisdiction. The press release further criticized her practices and policies, claiming that they have allowed violent offenders to escape the full consequences of their actions, thereby posing a threat to the innocent civilians of Orange and Osceola counties.
In response to the governor’s actions, Ashley Moody, the state’s attorney, expressed her intent to protect the public by prosecuting individuals and highlighted the simplicity of her role as an elected official.
Monique H. Worrell wasted no time in addressing her removal during her own press conference shortly after DeSantis announced his decision. With a smile on her face, she referred to herself as the elected State’s Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and labeled DeSantis as a “weak dictator.” She criticized the governor’s ability to remove elected officials for political reasons and described his decision as an attack on democracy.
According to Worrell, her dismissal was merely a smokescreen for DeSantis’ failed and disastrous presidential campaign. She claimed that he needed positive media coverage to appease his base, and this move was strategically planned to garner national and international attention.
The former state’s attorney revealed that she learned about her firing when she received a call from the Governor’s Office instructing her not to report to work on Wednesday. Worrell connected DeSantis’ decision to his recent replacement of his campaign manager, implying that it was an attempt to regain prominence in the race for the presidency.
Worrell, who was elected in November 2020, made history as the second African-American and the first of Caribbean descent to hold the position of state’s attorney. Her removal from office has sparked controversy and raised questions about the governor’s motives.
The repercussions of this shocking decision are yet to be seen, but it is apparent that both Governor DeSantis and Monique H. Worrell are prepared to defend their actions and fight for their respective positions. As the story continues to unfold, the nation will closely watch the developments in Florida.