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Gwen Graham Says She Was Removed From 'Rebuild 850' For Criticizing Gov. DeSantis

Former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham is no longer a part of the Rebuild 850 fundraising effort. In a series of tweets Monday, Graham says she was told by “a friend” to step down from her leadership role with the organization over comments Graham has made regarding Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Yesterday, a friend called to tell me that because I have been tough on our new Governor – calling him out on Twitter and Facebook for policies I believe are harmful to Florida – I will no longer continue as co-chair of Rebuild 850," she said in a sseries of twitter messages.

Florida Politics reports that “friend” is Ron Sachs, the Founder of Sachs Media Group. He told the political blog that he found Graham’s tweets about DeSantis to be “so political, partisan and even personal as to cross the line.”  Sachs said  he feared it would bring “a partisan stain to the organization and its efforts," and Graham said as much in her tweets.

Graham ran for governor last year, but lost the Democratic primary to former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Days before being removed from Rebuild 850, Graham critized DeSantis over his "Presidential Protection Fundraising campaign," for President Donald Trump.

She also knocked DeSantis for picking an administrative law judge with no judicial experience:

Graham had co-chaired Rebuild 850 alongside former Republican House Speakers Will Weatherford and Alan Bense. The Tallahassee Democrat reports the two men agreed with the decision to remove Graham. 

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Lynn Hatter has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas. She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative.
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