Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shot back at The Associated Press on Monday after the outlet’s incoming CEO accused his press secretary of harassing one of its reporters, saying the AP received deserved pushback for a partisan “smear” that could cost lives.
In a letter to Daisy Veerasingham, DeSantis blasted the AP for its “temerity” to complain about criticism a reporter received last week over his story that suggested a link between the governor’s touting of a COVID antibody drug from Regeneron and a political donor’s investment in the company.
Last week, Veerasingham wrote his office to accuse DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw of “harassing behavior” and activating an “online mob” against AP reporter Brendan Farrington over the widely panned story headlined, “DeSantis top donor invests in COVID drug governor promotes.”
DeSantis didn’t hold back in a remarkable open letter from a politician to a news organization.