SARASOTA, Fla. — In a move described by critics as another political stunt, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren Thursday after calling him “woke” and accusing him of refusing to properly enforce certain laws.
Warren is a Democrat who has been out front on criminal justice reform issues and Republicans have pushed back against these reforms, arguing they are leading to an increase in crime. The governor said he conducted a statewide review of prosecutors and quickly zeroed in on Warren, saying he “put himself publicly above the law.”
“Over the last few years individual prosecutors take it upon themselves to determine which laws they like and will enforce, and which laws they don’t like and won’t enforce and the results of this in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco have been catastrophic,” DeSantis said.
Warren first was elected to the position in November 2016 and then re-elected in November 2020 with 53% of the vote, but DeSantis said: “I don’t think the people of Hillsborough County want to have an agenda that is basically woke.”