Gov. DeSantis suspends Miami-Dade commissioner

FILE - Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses attendees during the Turning Point USA...
FILE - Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses attendees during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Friday, July 22, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 1:56 PM EDT
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MIAMI, Fla. (News Service of Florida) - Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued an executive order suspending Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez, who was charged last month with two felonies related to unlawful compensation.

An announcement from DeSantis’ office said he will appoint a replacement commissioner in the “coming weeks.” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the charges Aug. 31.

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“In its simplest form, this case involves a public official utilizing his office for his own personal benefit,” Fernandez Rundle said at the time.

In recent months, DeSantis has suspended a state attorney and several school board members.

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A federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren but also rejected the Democrat’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the suspension by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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