A campaign event featuring a stopover by Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current state Agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried was a huge bust on Thursday, according to a local reporter who attended.
The reporter, WEAR’s Olivia Iverson, posted a series of tweets of the event, at one point acknowledging that she saw less than three dozen people.
starts by addressing Gov. DeSantis signing off on the ban on abortions after 15-weeks.
— Olivia Iverson
“A zoomed out image from the reporter indicates a handful of attendees standing around the event. It is unclear how the reporter reached a count of thirty,” the Washington Free Beacon .
I can count around 30 people here at this event, not including ’s staff.
— Olivia Iverson
Fried has made some outrageous claims about Florida’s increasingly popular GOP governor, Ron DeSantis:
Fried, who launched her campaign in June 2021, has served as the state’s agricultural commissioner and is running in 2022 to unseat Republican governor Ron DeSantis, who she has criticized as “borderline fascist.” She also has that a pervasive liberal bias in American media will help her campaign, even as she has alleged elections face a “rigged system in Florida.” This week, she compared DeSantis’s governorship to “Hitler on his rise to power.”
“What I said, very clearly, was that a lot of the actions that Ron DeSantis has been taking mirror some of the actions that were taken by Hitler on his rise to power,” Fried said on WPTV.
Recent surveys indicate that DeSantis will likely win handily in November. Among Democratic challengers, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now a Democratic U.S. congressman from the state, leads with 44 percent, according to a February survey, while Fried garnered 27 percent.