Liberal Florida prosecutor fired by Ron DeSantis sues to combat ‘the erosion of our democracy’

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When Democratic Tampa-era prosecutor Andrew Warren declared he wouldn’t carry out any prosecutions having to do with either abortion or transgender care, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis responded by suspending him. And Warren has filed a lawsuit against the far-right Republican governor.

Warren discussed his suspension and his decision to sue DeSantis’ office during an interview with the Daily Beast, stressing that he isn’t simply suing to get his job back but rather, because he believes DeSantis has crossed a dangerous line by suspending an elected official. The Hillsborough County prosecutor wasn’t appointed to that position by DeSantis, but rather, was chosen by voters.

Warren told the Beast, “Can a governor just overturn elections in the state of Florida? If the governor has the power to do so, then what’s left of democracy?…. There’s so much more at stake than my job. This is a fight to stop the erosion of our democracy. It’s to ensure our democracy has meaning, so we have elected officials and not a king — so no governor can steal the people’s vote and silence their voice. Regardless of what party you belong to, your vote matters.”

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Daily Beast reporter Jose Pagliery notes that the judge assigned to Warren’s lawsuit is U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who has “had some experience throwing a damp towel on DeSantis power grabs.”

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