Debuting today: The Spring 2019 edition of INFLUENCE Magazine
The skies above are clear again
So let’s sing a song of cheer again
Happy days are here again
It’s been less than three months since Ron DeSantis thrust his hand into the sky and took the oath of office as Florida’s 46th governor. Yet that thrust may have well as been a thunder-clap from the sky judging by how much the atmosphere in the capital has already changed.
Gone are the dark and angry clouds that surrounded the insular Rick Scott administration, replaced by a 40-year-old chief executive, his telegenic wife, and a small army of dedicated staffers who seem to have no issue with working 14-hour days.
(Let’s also note how many familiar faces, such as chief of staff Shane Strum and DJJ Secretary Simone Marstiller, have come back to public service.)
One anecdote that captures the esprit de corps of the nascent DeSantis administration is the story of how transition chiefs Matt Gaetz and Susie Wiles approached the Governor with a blueprint for the first 100 days of the administration.
DeSantis quickly reviewed and approved many of the proposals, but with one caveat. He wanted to get