Former US Congresswoman Gwen Graham was asked to step down as the co-chair of Rebuild 850 due to her personal attacks lodged against Governor Ron DeSantis on Twitter.
Rebuild 850 is a nonpartisan group focused on helping with the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Michael.
Graham tweeted the news yesterday:
“Yesterday, a friend called to tell me that because I have been tough on our new Governor – calling him out on Twitter and Facebook for policies I believe are harmful to Florida – I will no longer continue as co-chair of Rebuild 850.”
That friend appears to be Ron Sachs, who is helping Rebuild 850 through his public relations firm.
Sachs was quoted in the Tallahassee Democrat as saying, “No one is trying to mute Gwen Graham or prevent her from having her point of view, but you can’t be co-chair of an organization that is not political and be spewing those kinds of political attacks. Her tweets a few days ago amounted to a spitball in the face of the governor. And we can’t have that.”
Graham has consistently questioned DeSantis’ position on policy issues, but has also lodged personal partisan attacks as well. Most recently, Graham labeled DeSantis as a “mini Trump” and has referred to the governor as being controlled by puppeteers.
It appears Sachs previously discussed her role with Rebuild 850 and her partisan tweets when she began attacking DeSantis over the summer. However, after the latest volley Sachs said, “Gwen apparently felt comfortable about doing it again.”
Graham responded on twitter by saying, “if my passion for Florida and my commitment to speaking the truth when this Governor’s policies cause her harm cannot be reconciled with my co-chairmanship of Rebuild 850, then so be it. I consider this extremely unfortunate — but I will not be silenced.”