Colorado Dem gov slams DeSantis for ‘socialist attacks’ on Disney, GOP gov hits again at ‘baseless allegations’


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FIRST ON Daily Post: Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis traded phrases over the latter’s push for laws focusing on Disney.

Polis criticized Florida in a Tuesday tweet over his help of the state laws stripping Disney of its particular self-governance powers and for DeSantis saying he was wanting into laws relating to Twitter’s poison capsule to Elon Musk’s provide.

“Florida’s authoritarian socialist attacks on the private sector are driving businesses away,” Polis tweeted. “In [Colorado], we don’t meddle in affairs of companies like [Disney] or [Twitter].”


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks during a news conference about Colorado offering coronavirus vaccinations to children, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Denver.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis speaks throughout a information convention about Colorado providing coronavirus vaccinations to kids, Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Denver.
(AP Photograph/David Zalubowski, File)

“Hey [Disney] we’re ready for Mountain Disneyland and [Twitter] we’re ready for Twitter HQ2, whoever your owners are,” the Democrat governor continued.

Polis spoke with Day by day Submit Digital in a Thursday telephone interview to debate his tweet, throughout which he mentioned DeSantis is “welcome to disagree” with any firm and that he believes “when government starts threatening private companies with retribution based on their free speech, that takes us down the road towards authoritarianism.”

“I think it’s important that we can create a culture that goes against this kind of cancel culture that we’re seeing,” Polis mentioned. “And just because a company has a viewpoint you don’t like doesn’t mean that that company should be penalized by politicians, right?” 

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“Consumers, absolutely,” the Colorado governor continued. “You can choose not to go to Disneyland. You can choose to buy or not buy whatever product you want. But where it becomes inappropriate is where government leaders say we’re specifically running laws that penalize your company because we don’t like the way you’ve exercised your free speech.”

U.S. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. Feb. 24, 2022. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)

U.S. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks on the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. Feb. 24, 2022. (REUTERS/Octavio Jones)

Polis warned that if Florida “targets specific companies with legislation to hurt them because of their political viewpoints,” the Sunshine State may see “see a mass exodus of companies.”

The Democrat governor additionally mentioned that he believes “the best balance for a free market economy is to respect that there’s a variety of voices of political opinions, and no person or company should be singled out because of their ideology or belief and specifically targeted by a bill that’s really anti-business.”


DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw pushed again towards Polis’ feedback in a Thursday electronic mail to Day by day Submit Digital, saying, “Floridians, many of whom have fled from socialist countries like Cuba and Venezuela, understand what socialism is and is not.”

“It would be prudent for all politicians to educate themselves on the definition of socialism before weaponizing such baseless allegations,” Pushaw wrote. “Socialism IS: an authoritarian system where the state controls the means of production and the entire economy.”

“Socialism is NOT: [p]assing legislation to create a more even playing field for all businesses [or] [s]elling shares of a corporation due to evidence that corporation is not acting in shareholders’ best interests and therefore creates unnecessary risks to investors,” she continued.

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Pushaw mentioned that DeSantis “has consistently supported a more level playing field for all businesses in Florida” and that it’s “not ‘retaliatory’ to pass legislation that allows all corporations to do business in a fairer environment.”

Fireworks go off around Cinderella's castle during the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World's Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Dec. 6, 2012. 

Fireworks go off round Cinderella’s fort in the course of the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Dec. 6, 2012. 
(REUTERS/Scott Audette/File Photograph)

The Florida governor’s spokeswoman additionally mentioned DeSantis’ proclamation “at the start of this special session called on the legislature to examine the existence of all special districts” and that “Disney benefits from one of these special districts.”

“The special district associated with Disney has existed for decades, since before Governor DeSantis was born. Special districts could in some instances show favoritism,” Pushaw wrote. “Should a corporation be serving as a regulator and a business at the same time? Should a corporation get to avoid standard environmental permitting processes? Should a corporation engage in eminent domain? Other businesses don’t get these privileges.”

“Moreover, it was unfortunate that Disney decided to wade into a political debate and attempt to overturn a common-sense law, enacted by a duly elected legislature and signed by a duly elected governor, with the support of the vast majority of Floridians,” she continued. “In fact, it was Disney that ‘retaliated’ by publicly vowing to ‘repeal’ or have the law ‘struck down.’”

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She additionally pointed to DeSantis’ Twitter feedback from his Wednesday press convention, throughout which the governor criticized Twitter’s board of administrators for accepting the “poison pill” provide to sink Musk’s bid and identified that Florida’s pension fund had Twitter shares.

“We have people that run the fund, but nevertheless, it [Twitter] hasn’t exactly been great and returns on investment. It’s been pretty stagnant for many, many years,” she mentioned. “I mean, to me, I think that that’s probably an injury to the fund. So we’re gonna be looking at ways that the state of Florida potentially can be holding these Twitter board of directors accountable for breaching their fiduciary duties.”

This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia.

This April 26, 2017, file photograph exhibits the Twitter app icon on a cell phone in Philadelphia.
((AP Photograph/Matt Rourke, File)

The Florida Senate handed a invoice 23-16 on Wednesday that revokes the particular self-governing standing that Disney has held for the previous half-century. The Florida Home handed the invoice on Thursday, 

The particular standing, referred to as The Reedy Creek Enchancment Act, was signed into legislation in Could 1967 by Gov. Claude Kirk in response to lobbying efforts by Disney. The leisure big proposed constructing a recreation-oriented improvement on 25,000 acres of property in a distant space of Central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, which consisted of 38.5 sq. miles of largely uninhabited pasture and swampland. 

The invoice’s passage got here after a feud between Disney and Florida Republicans over the state’s parental rights in an schooling invoice.

Day by day Submit Digital’s Andrew Mark Miller contributed reporting.


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