Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is waging a battle with various county school boards over a law that empowers parents to decide whether their children should be masked up at school.
One of those boards is in Palm Beach County, one of the most heavily Democratic strongholds in the state. And one of the main cheerleaders for mandatory masking is board member Alexandria Ayala.
Except, of course, when she’s the one who may have to wear a mask.
Over the weekend, the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County held its black-tie annual gala at the upscale Breakers resort, and Ayala was among those who attended.
And, lo and behold, images of the hearty masketeer showed up on social media, standing shoulder to shoulder and embracing others without wearing a mask.
That hypocritical moment came less than a month after Ayala was applauding a state court ruling in Tallahassee that knocked down the law banning mask mandates.
“Win for student/teacher safety! This ruling affirms that we have constitutional rights as board members to implement mask policies,” she tweeted.
“@SecCardona [U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona] response to my letter today assures that the [Biden] Admin has our backs. I remain committed to keeping schools safe.”
That tweet appeared a few weeks after Ayala attacked DeSantis for implementing the state law that granted parents, not elected officials, authority over their children’s medical needs.
In an opinion column for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Ayala wrote of the no-mandate policy, “This is dangerous and irresponsible.”
“Decisions made by elected officials outside of our legislative body do not outweigh my responsibility to protect the students and employees of Palm Beach County schools. As a school board, we have a sworn duty to do everything in our power to make schools the safest environment possible,” Ayala added, as she referenced that letter to Cardona in which she encouraged federal officials outside of Florida to overrule DeSantis and make education policy for the state.
“Right now, there are far too many unknown variables in this pandemic for ‘no restrictions’ to be the law of the land,” she wrote.
Apparently, the Breakers resort and the swanky Business Development Board party are immune to those variables.
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