Coronavirus Florida: Why was Ag chief Nikki Fried left off governor’s economic task force?
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ economic revival task force includes a who’s who of state government leadership — except the one Democrat on Florida’s Cabinet.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried was left out. Fried tweeted on Monday that her exclusion left voiceless Florida’s agricultural industry, a major stakeholder.
I wasn't asked to serve alongside my fellow Cabinet members on the #COVID19 task force, which has no voice on membership representing Florida’s $137 billion agriculture industry.
I hope @GovRonDeSantis will join my commitment to supporting our farmers and feeding our families.— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) April 20, 2020
The task force is charged with developing a blueprint to reopen the state’s $1.1 trillion a year economy, which has been closed down to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Two other state Cabinet officers, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, were asked to serve along with Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez.
So were Senate President Bill Galvano and House Speaker Jose Oliva. All are Republicans.
The task force also includes two Palm Beach County figures. They are county mayor David Kerner and Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, which is based in Juno Beach.
This story originally published to palmbeachpost.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the USA TODAY Network - Florida.