The Florida Senate on Wednesday upheld the ouster of a former county sheriff accused of mishandling the response to the deadly Parkland school shooting.
The 25-15 vote for removal was no surprise in the GOP-controlled Senate, especially after the Rules Committee two days before had sided with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to dismiss Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Israel, a Democrat, claimed he was deposed for political reasons, and he counted a key Republican among his supporters, who warned of the dangers of allowing the governor to remove another elected official from office.
Sen. Tom Lee, a Republican and former president of the Florida Senate, said Israel should be reinstated and that firing him would send the wrong signal about the government’s support of law enforcement.