Reports indicate that Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, despite a Florida stay-at-home-order, traveled to Atlanta over the Easter weekend and appeared on MSNBC Friday night to continue her criticism of Governor Ron DeSantis.
Reports indicate that Atlanta, which is located in Fulton County, has the most coronavirus cases in Georgia. In addition, reports indicate that travel from Atlanta has resulted in the spread of the virus in other cities. For example, an outbreak in Albany, Georgia resulted in several deaths and was traced back to Atlanta.
From CNN, the “cluster of cases began emerging shortly after a 67-year-old man tested positive for the virus. The man traveled from Atlanta to attend one of the funerals and was hospitalized in Albany during his trip, said Steiner, the hospital system’s CEO.”
Why was Fried in Atlanta while Florida is under a stay-at-home order?
Shortly after her presence in Atlanta was revealed on social media, Franco Ripple, Fried’s Communications Director, stated on his twitter account that Fried was in Atlanta to “pick up her stepkids from their mom. Something millions of families are going through with parental time sharing during this pandemic (not to mention the religious holiday weekend).”
If this statement is true, some questions need to be addressed.
First is it acceptable for Fried, a staunch advocate of a stay-at-home order and social distancing, to travel to Atlanta to pick up kids that live in the most infected city in Georgia and bring them back to Florida?
And second, if the reason for the travel was to pick up her “stepkids”, why would Fried choose to further expose herself to people in Atlanta and travel to a studio to appear on MSNBC?
Ironically, in the interview on MSNBC, Fried was encouraging people to celebrate the religious holiday from home.
Fried said, “I celebrated Passover via Zoom with my family on Wednesday night. This is a time for all of us to take this seriously.”
The Florida media has criticized DeSantis for not enforcing social distancing protocol at press conferences, on golf courses, and in her other venues. Will the state-wide media hold Nikki Fried to the same standard?