Nikki Fried Tries to Take Credit for DeSantis Helping Florida Farmers After Cold Front

By Leah Leonard, Florida's Voice

February 4, 2022 Updated 5:41 PM ET

February 4, 2022 Updated 5:41 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried (D) attempted to take credit for helping Florida farmers due to the recent cold front. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) addressed the issue before Fried on social media.

On January 28th, DeSantis called for the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Citrus to work together in managing potential damage to crops. 

Fried did not propose any specific action until February 2nd when she called for DeSantis to declare a state of emergency to help Florida’s farmers.

As Fried urged DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for nine south Florida counties, DeSantis already told the Florida Division of Emergency management to work on the issue. 

On February 3rd, six days after DeSantis addressed the cold front and allocated the correct departments to support the farmers, Fried tweeted, “Glad to see our request was granted providing help to our Florida farmers impacted by freezing temperatures.” 

Critics of Fried are pointing out that DeSantis already addressed the issue and framing it as a Fried-proposal is inaccurate.

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