Christina Pushaw Resigns, Joins DeSantis’ Campaign as Director of Rapid Response: ‘Now, the Gloves are Off’

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

August 12, 2022 Updated 4:21 PM ET

Christina Pushaw and Gov. Ron DeSantis (Gage Skidmore).
Christina Pushaw and Gov. Ron DeSantis (Gage Skidmore).

August 12, 2022 Updated 11:43 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Christina Pushaw submitted her resignation letter as Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday morning to join the governor’s re-election campaign as the Director of Rapid Response.

“It has been a great honor to serve the people of Florida under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration. This letter is to officially inform you that I am resigning from my position as Press Secretary for the Executive Office of the Governor, effective August 12, 2022,” she wrote in a letter.

“I have been proud to have been part of a team that has helped Floridians through historic challenges, and continues to deliver results that make life better for the people of our great state,” she continued.

A ‘rapid response’ wing of political campaigns emphasize quickly capitalizing on and responding to actions of their political opponents, something Pushaw did on a regular basis serving in the Executive Office of the Governor.

Pushaw cited instances of accomplishments she aided in DeSantis carrying out in the face of negative media coverage, such as COVID mandates, opposing “ideological indoctrination” in schools, promoting fiscal responsibility “despite reckless inflationary spending and tax hikes at the federal level,” “upholding the rule of law” to keep Floridians safe, and, “protecting life, promoting fatherhood, supporting foster and adoptive families, and leading the country in the fight to defend parental rights.”

“The change to play even a small part in achieving [making Florida the freest state] has truly been the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Bryan Griffin, former deputy press secretary, is set to replace Pushaw as press secretary for DeSantis.

“It has been an honor to work with and learn from @ChristinaPushaw,” Griffin said. “I look forward to serving @GovRonDeSantis and the people if Florida in this new role. Like Christina did so well, I will ensure the governor’s message is amplified and that false narratives are debunked.”

Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, is set to become the new deputy press secretary for DeSantis.

“It was an honor serving as the Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Health under Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo,” Redfern told Florida’s Voice. “I’m excited to make the move over to Governor DeSantis’ office to help get out his message and push back on media bias.”

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