New report finds Ron DeSantis is a miserable boss
Former staffers for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) have joined together to form a support group after enduring less-than-favorable treatment under his "toxic" leadership, according to a new report.
According to Politico, the group has been created for former staffers to share the disheartening experiences they faced while working for DeSantis' office. More than a dozen of DeSantis' aides and consultants, who spoke anonymously, reportedly all agree on one thing: "DeSantis treats staff like expendable widgets," the publication reports.
In a nutshell, most staffers are treated "like a disposable piece of garbage."
The Republican governor is said to have a history of disregarding the recommendations and opinions of his staffers, largely relying "on a brain trust of two: himself and his wife, Casey DeSantis." Political professionals have also noted that the number of "DeSantis people" is few and far between.
The support group, which was formed amid the alarmingly high turnover rate in DeSantis' office, reportedly holds meetings on a regular basis.
Data gathered by the public affairs platform, Legistorm, indicates that "the turnover in his [DeSantis] office and among his campaign advisers is well known among Republicans: In three of his five full years in Congress, he ranked in at least the 70th percentile in terms of highest turnover in a House office, according to data compiled by Legistorm. In the governor's office, he has only two staffers who started with him when he was a junior member of Congress."
Staffers shared a number of bizarre stories about their encounters with DeSantis. During his first six months in office, DeSantis' fired a total of six staffers. Those who remained found themselves facing trivial tasks such as convincing the governor to attend staff meetings. Aides revealed to Politico that in the past, they'd have to use cupcakes to "lure" him to staff meetings,
— Aides would lure DeSantis to staff meetings with cupcakes, saying that it was a colleague's birthday to get him to attend. In the gubernatorial primary, DeSantis visited his campaign headquarters just a couple of times. On election night, he entered the war room after his win and remarked, "Wow, I didn't know this many people worked for me," according to four former staffers.
The pro-Trump governor is also said to have a habit relatively similar to the former disgraced president: blaming others for his own blunders. Former staffers have revealed DeSantis has a habit of pointing the finger at his staffers when he falls short.
— DeSantis often blames his staff for his own blunders, we're told. After DeSantis went on Fox News in 2018 and implored Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by supporting his African American Democratic opponent for governor, he and his wife chewed out his campaign staff for not cleaning up the mess, according to three former staffers. Shortly after, DeSantis brought in a whole new group of advisers.
DeSantis' office has not responded to Politico's request for comment about staffers' claims.
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