In an interview, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) suggested that it would be best if certain federal agencies were moved outside of Washington, D.C., in order to disperse the power that has been accumulated in the city.
During the New York Post interview, DeSantis claimed that the result of having all of the agencies in one single state is that there is an administrative state that is “detached” and yet can “impose its will on us.” He added that this was not the only move that they needed to make in order to “re-constitutionalize” the government, having some federal agencies move to different parts of the country could help solve the “negative effects of this accumulation of power.”
DeSantis also defended his decisions regarding education, stating that he never promises things that he is not able to deliver. Recently, he has been heavily criticized across the nation for blocking an AP African American Studies course, as well as passing a bill that set specific state standards for public school books that include ensuring the books are “age-appropriate” and free of pornography.
DeSantis argued that “Virtually every major institution” is pushing a “progressive agenda” and that Florida is trying to protect the rights of its citizens without having to be subject to this agenda.
DeSantis won the gubernatorial election for the first time in 2018 and had a sweeping reelection victory in 2022. He is widely expected to announce a 2024 presidential campaign in the near future as well.