Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat, says she won’t comply with a directive by Gov. Ron DeSantis to fly flags at half-staff in remembrance of the late radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Fried mentioned she received’t decrease any flags at state places of work beneath her course, based on a statement on her division’s web site.
“Lowering to half-staff the flag of the United States of America is a sacred honor that pays respect to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool,” she mentioned in an announcement.
“Therefore, I will notify all state offices under my direction to disregard the governor’s forthcoming order to lower flags for Mr. Limbaugh – because we will not celebrate hate speech, bigotry, and division. Lowering the flag should always reflect unity, not division, and raising our standards, not lowering them. Our flags will remain flying high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion, and respect for all.”
DeSantis had announced on Friday that he’ll order all flags to be flown at half-staff within the state in tribute to the late conservative icon. Limbaugh was a resident of Palm Beach.
He died Wednesday of lung most cancers, a 12 months after saying his prognosis with the illness.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel famous Fried is seen as a possible challenger to DeSantis in 2022.
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