Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said it’s not “rocket science” why the Sunshine State continues to grow while blue states are bleeding residents.
It’s all about leadership that is responsive to what people need.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” program, Florida’s top law enforcement official attributed the state’s success under Gov. Ron DeSantis to a willingness to “do something.”
Moody was asked to respond to New York Congressman Lee Zeldin’s recent observation that he lost his state’s gubernatorial election to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul partly because so many conservatives fled the Empire State for Florida.
“It’s not rocket science,” Moody replied. “People are watching and they understand that leadership matters. We don’t just watch as things break down or things aren’t going right. We do something about it.”
“When we saw people not respecting cops and other folks defunding their police, we gave them [law enforcement] raises. When we saw a rash of folks rushing into stores and committing mob thefts, we did something about it. We made it easier to prosecute those people,” Moody continued.
“When we saw other states cramming down on their citizens and taking away their rights, we did something about it. You know, this is a government of the people. They want to make sure those that they elect to office have their backs. And in Florida, we’ve got their backs.”
Moody was also asked about how Florida has avoided the escalating crime rates that are afflicting other places, especially blue cities and states.
“It’s not hard to imagine that if you fail and refuse to enforce the laws on the books … that you will see an increase in crime,” Moody responded.
She cited a recent FBI report that showed jurisdictions that boosted funding for law enforcement saw a drop in crime, while the opposite happened in areas that cut funding for cops.
“In Florida, we respect our cops. We give them the tools they need. And we’ll, ‘Be aware if you move here. Florida is a law-and-order state. So if you’re a criminal and you’re residing in Florida, you may want to get out.’”