Florida Politics Falsely Claims DeSantis Press Sec. Christina Pushaw is a Russian Agent, Deletes Cartoon

June 9, 2022 Updated 11:54 AM ET


June 9, 2022 Updated 11:51 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw called out the news outlet, Florida Politics, for deleting a tweet of a false editorial cartoon claiming she is a Russian foreign agent. Florida Politics is operated by Peter Schorsch.

The Washington Post first reported Wednesday that Pushaw registered as a “foreign agent” of a former president of Georgia, whom she worked with from 2018-2020. Pushaw told Florida’s Voice that “retroactive filing is routine” and she voluntarily complied when she was notified that she might be required to file. 

However, Florida Politics deleted a tweet of a political cartoon claiming Pushaw worked for Russia. The outlet frequently shares editorial cartoons. 

“DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw belatedly registers as a foreign agent of a Russian politician,” the cartoon said. “I’m practicing my Russian when I meet with Putin.”

National media ran with the story that Pushaw belatedly registered and Democrats criticized the governor and Pushaw for the registration. 

However, Pushaw said she has been very open about her past work in Georgia, which ended six months before coming to Florida. Pushaw volunteered for former President Mikheil Saakashvili and was paid around $25,000 to cover living expenses. 

Governor DeSantis called the Washington Post’s piece on Pushaw a “hit piece.”

“Nobody believes their garbage,” DeSantis said. “They wanna smear, and so they will do hit pieces.”

Pushaw is known for actively debunking myths and false statements about the DeSantis administration on Twitter.

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