DeSantis Calls Out Media Using His Pic On Blogger Bill He Doesn’t Support

Republican gubernatorial candidate for Florida Ron DeSantis speaks during an election night watch party at the Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, on November 8, 2022. - Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been tipped as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, was projected as one of the early winners of the night in Tuesday's midterm election. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP) (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) accused the media of erroneously connecting him to a controversial bill proposed by a Republican state senator that would require political bloggers in Florida to register with the state if they’re covering state officials such as the governor.
  • DeSantis made it clear at a Tuesday press conference that he does not support the registration requirement. Many in the media used reports about the bill to attack DeSantis, including NBC presidential historian Michael Beschloss who described the Republican as a “little Mussolini” over the bill and other legislative efforts targeting material deemed explicit in public schools.
  • Speaking to the press on Wednesday about his recent legislative efforts and the pushback they have received, DeSantis claimed that any bad legislation is connected to him in Florida by the media even if it has “nothing remotely to do” with him.