GOP Senator Slams DeSantis’ Covid Policies

Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy revealed on Sunday that he disagrees with some of the pandemic policies of GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Earlier in the month, DeSantis issued an executive order forbidding school districts throughout the Sunshine State from violating “constitutional freedoms,” infringing on parental rights, and ignoring “disabilities or health conditions” that would preclude a student from wearing a mask. The directive, which mainly served to block institutions from requiring face coverings, was in response to a mask mandate issued by Broward County Public Schools.

“I’m a conservative,” Cassidy, a physician, said on a segment of CNN’s State of the Union. “I think you govern best when you govern closest to the people being governed and if a local community … their ICU is full … then the local officials should be listened to. That is a conservative principle.”

“I do disagree with Gov. DeSantis,” the Louisiana lawmaker added. “The local officials should have control here. I don’t want top-down from Washington, D.C. I don’t want top-down from a governor’s office.”