Less than a week after the Tampa Bay Times listed Gwen Graham as a potential challenger to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022, Graham gave Floridians a peek into how she would be different than DeSantis.
Graham, via her Twitter account, is aggressively pushing for DeSantis to issue stay-at-home orders.
In a tweet on July 23, Graham cited recent COVID-19 statistics in Florida and stated:
“With no end in sight, @GovRonDeSantis, do something. Mandate masks. Issue shelter-at-home order. Save lives.”
On July 24th Graham tweeted,
@RonDeSantis now is the time to issue a stay at home order, before “death panels” become necessary in Florida.
Based on Agency for Health Care Administration data, currently Florida hospitals report 24% bed availability (14,360) and 17% ICU bed availability (1,043).
The shelter-at-home order supported by Graham would have major and far reaching ramifications for Floridians. Such a policy would require everyone living in the state to remain in their homes except for essential services and activities. The order would limit movement and personal interactions outside the home.
In addition, businesses that are deemed non-essential will have to close to the public.
DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order in April during the early stages of the virus. However, his action came at a time when the federal government was negotiating legislation that would provide financial assistance for those impacted by such an order. Ultimately, the Cares Act was passed.
The policy measure supported by Graham goes beyond what current Florida Agriculture Commissioner and frequent DeSantis critic Nikki Fried has most recently called for.
Last week Fried stated, via Twitter, “I called for a statewide mask order nearly a month ago and the situation in Florida only continues to get worse.”
Graham, who aggressively users her twitter account to challenge DeSantis almost daily, appears to be set on charting a unique path ahead of any future decision about running for office.
She told the Tampa Bay Times she would not make a decision on whether to run for governor until after Nov. 3’s presidential election.
“I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know we need good leadership in this state and Ron DeSantis isn’t it,” Graham said.