Aug 7, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Suspended Florida prosecutor: "I'm not going down without a fight"

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference in Rockledge, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida state attorney Andrew Warren vowed he is "not going down without a fight," after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended him on Thursday.

The big picture: Warren, the twice-elected state attorney for Hillsborough County, refused to enforce the state's 15-week abortion ban and condemned laws criminalizing gender-affirming health care.

  • DeSantis responded with an executive order suspending Warren for "incompetence and willful defiance."

What he's saying: "Ron DeSantis is trying to overthrow democracy in Florida," Warren said in a video on Twitter. "His plot to suspend me blatantly violates the most fundamental basis of our democracy — your vote."

  • "DeSantis is trying to take away my job for doing my job," he added. "He came down to Tampa, to Hillsboro County, to illegally remove me as part of some political circus."
  • "Ron DeSantis doesn't get to hand-pick Flordia's state attorneys," Warren said. "You, the people do. We've all seen the consequences of politicians who think they're above the law and can do whatever they want. That's why DeSantis and his abuse of power must be stopped."
  • "I refuse to let this man trample on your freedoms — to speak your mind, to make your own health care decisions and to have your vote count," he said.
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