Joe Biden bypasses DeSantis, calls local mayors about Hurricane Ian

President Joe Biden has continued to reach out to other Florida leaders rather than Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as Hurricane Ian approaches.

On Tuesday afternoon, Florida political reporter Jay O’Brien reported on Twitter that Biden has not yet contacted DeSantis about the state’s plans to deal with the hurricane, but that he has been in contact with mayors in several cities hit by the storm should be . These included Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, both Democrats, with O’Brien including a tweet from the latter about his call to Biden.

“Thank you @POTUS for calling today reassuring us that the administration is monitoring #HurricaneIan 24 hours a day and stressing the importance of infrastructure improvements to our critical systems,” Welch tweeted alongside photos of himself answering the call. “Critical events like Hurricane Ian know no party line and it is imperative that we put the safety and well-being of our residents above all else. We look forward to working with our regional, state and federal partners as we weather and then recover from this storm. “

In another tweet Tuesday, Biden confirmed that he had also been in contact with Frank Hibbard, the Republican mayor of Clearwater, Florida. FEMA Director Deanne Criswell was with him on the calls.

The reasons why Biden has not contacted DeSantis are currently unknown. DeSantis, who is widely believed to be eyeing a presidential bid in 2024, has taken numerous antagonistic moves against the Democratic Party, including Biden himself. Reports surfaced last week that DeSantis was planning to recruit a new group of migrants in to fly an area near Biden’s Delaware home after continuing a similar stunt he had previously performed in Martha’s Vineyard. In response to the reports, Biden welcomed the would-be migrants.

The rumored flight never arrived, although WPTV News reported that a $950,000 payment had been made to the same company that operated the Martha’s Vineyard flight around the same time the Delaware rumors surfaced. DeSantis declined to comment on the issue when asked.

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Above is a shot of President Joe Biden in the Oval Office. Biden has reached out to numerous local Florida leaders about Hurricane Ian, bypassing a call to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
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When asked about the situation Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the possible rivalry between Biden and DeSantis was not a factor in the president’s decision to focus on other leaders in Florida, according to ABC News.

“It’s about the people of Florida,” said Jean-Pierre. “It’s not about officials, especially at this time. And so the President, as President of the United States, as President for – for people in red states and blue states, will honor that commitment. And you’ve seen him do that over the course of the 19 months that there’s been extreme – extreme events, extreme weather that’s reoccurring in blue states and red states.

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Rick Schindler

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