Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics — Week of 10.3.21
Gov. Ron DeSantis is a hero to many conservatives for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Florida.
As we know, he is against mandates (unless it’s his mandate). He opposes lockdowns and mask requirements, sparking robust debate about his wisdom on those issues.
But as DeSantis launched into a full-campaign mode for his reelection drive in 2022, one of his biggest benefactors had some criticism for the Governor.
Ken Griffin, the billionaire hedge-fund operator who has contributed more than $10.75 million to a political committee that supports DeSantis, has some hard medicine for the Governor to swallow.
“I’ve been frustrated with his position on masks because it has overshadowed his messaging on vaccinations,” Griffin told Bloomberg News.
“He’s caught himself up in a political maelstrom of putting the concept of personal freedom first and foremost around masks, and I…