Base Publicity Stunt – Letter to the Editor

Gov. DeSantis of Florida recently pulled one of the basest publicity stunts I’ve seen in my lifetime. The Governor orchestrated a heart-tugging convoy passage over the temporarily repaired Sanibel Causeway. This happy little photo bomb was designed to use Hurricane Ian’s devastation to assist his 2024 political ambitions. The bucket-truck convoy was supposed to take place hours later, but, surprisingly, took place at the exact moment he was bragging about his super-human Sanibel rescue operation at a press conference podium that featured a live view of the causeway in the background. Time will only tell if the stunt measures up to George W. Bush’s landing on an aircraft carrier to give his Iraq “Mission Accomplished” speech, or Donald Trump’s waiving a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Yessir, political strongmen try really hard to impress the people. A better idea might be to actually implement the people’s wishes.

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