It's been a rough couple of weeks in Virginia, as the commonwealth's politicians have been on a weird string of career-threatening one-upsmanship. The consistent and persistent nature of controversy admittedly has been impressive. Following their proposal to legalize infanticide, a string of scandals has rocked the state capital.
Let’s take a look at that resume, shall we? Lost a major election? Check. Has a serious reliance on racial politics? That’s a check. Under investigation for ethics violations that would shame most people? Check, with a Capital “C”. OK -- looks great -- you're hired, Mr. Gillum. Welcome to CNN.
Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, has confirmed it himself. He's struck a deal with CNN to become a regular on-air contributor. The mayor tweeted out his statement of the hiring on Tuesday: "Thrilled to be joining @CNN as a political commentator," was his brevity-laden note.
This weekend the national media managed to embarrass themselves on a wide scale by over-dramatizing the confrontation between an Indian elder and a group of Kentucky high school students in Washington D.C. The episode was blown up to hysterical proportions, and a number of politicians, pundits, and professional harpies joined in. And who joined the fray but former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum.
The reports came swift and sharp and with a notable tone of relief among the media when Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was rescinding former Gov. Rick Scott's 11th-hour appointments. Many journalists wasted no time praising the DeSantis move as good news. But they expressed shock he would do such a thing without first protecting Scott appointee Andrew Pollack, father of Parkland shooting victim Meadow Pollack.
The Women’s March, which has risen to prominence with the election of Donald Trump, is beginning to fracture. A number of its leaders have displayed or spoken anti-semitic positions, and it's led to major controversy within the party. Falling prey to the inevitable conflicts of intersectionality, there have been groups beginning to disavow the organization.
Disgruntled former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel wasted no time in retaliating after Gov. Ron DeSantis removed and replaced him last week. The controversial now-former chief was vowing to fight back the same day DeSantis made his announcement.
At an afternoon press conference at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, delayed 90 minutes because of airplane mechanical difficulties, Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement most in Tallahassee and Broward expected: Sheriff Scott Israel has been removed from office as a direct result of the actions surrounding the shooting of 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The buzz in Broward County is, Sheriff Scott Israel knows his removal might well be new Gov. Ron DeSantis' next priority.
Governor-elect Ron DeSantis has a busy Tuesday as he officially becomes installed as Florida’s 46th governor. While some traditional events are slated to take place, one item has been scratched from the inaugural agenda -- the parade.