The claim argues that Walker, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, may have already ‘prejudged’ allegations made by Disney about retaliation due to remarks he made while walking in court during a hearings for two other lawsuits against the state. “Because this matter is now before this Court, and because this matter involves highly publicized matters of great interest to the citizens of Florida, the Court should disqualify itself to prevent even the appearance of impropriety,” the Court states. query.
What the administration’s record does not note is that Walker repeatedly ruled against Republicans in Florida. For example, he criticized the state’s Elections Act of 2021 targeting mail-in voting and mailbox voting as discriminatory. He called the state “stop WOKE Act” dealing with on-the-job training sessions “bordering on unintelligible” and quoted the Netflix show “Stranger Things” as saying that “recently the Florida seemed like a First Amendment upside down.”
The moment comes just days before DeSantis is set to enter the presidential race and it was dropped just after Disney announced it was scrapping plans for a nearly $1 billion downtown office complex. from Florida. Disney’s move seemed to have been in the works for some time and even the company says it was tied to the financial situation.
But DeSantis’ ally-turned-enemy, former President Donald Trump, once harassed DeSantis for the Disney fight. A decision against the governor — perhaps in six or seven months — would generate some heat for DeSantis’ presidential effort. Filing the claim now allows Camp DeSantis to claim he was predestined and gives them a potential avenue of appeal.
This story first appeared in Florida Playbook. register here to receive it in your inbox.