Tampa Mayor Jane Castor says criticizing Gov. Ron DeSantis is a “waste of time”

Tampa’s mayor says crisis is uncharted waters for everyone
Mayor Jane Castor has been a frequent guest on national TV lately. But she hasn't used her platform to bash Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Mayor Jane Castor has been a frequent guest on national TV lately. But she hasn't used her platform to bash Gov. Ron DeSantis. [ City of Tampa ]
Published April 15, 2020|Updated April 16, 2020

TAMPA - She’s been a regular on CNN and other national outlets since the coronavirus crisis began. But Tampa Mayor Jane Castor hasn’t taken the bait, offered by nearly all of them, to bash Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Castor, a Democrat, says she doesn’t see the point of bashing the Republican governor, even though they haven’t spoken since March 2.

“That’s not my style,” Castor told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday. “Frankly, I think it’s just a waste of time to be critical of others.”

On her latest CNN appearance Tuesday, she was asked repeatedly about DeSantis’ performance, but avoided taking jabs, a pattern that’s held up on her other two appearances on the network as well as recent appearances on ABC News and National Public Radio.

Castor said DeSantis is dealing, like her, with a crisis of epic proportions.

“This is unprecedented and everyone is trying to find their way. I’ll speak for myself: I’m making decisions with about 10 percent of the information and 100 percent of the responsibility,” Castor said. “We’re all trying to do what’s in the best interest of our community and keep our citizens healthy.”

Castor’s stance isn’t unusual for the chief executive of Florida’s third-largest city. Her predecessor Bob Buckhorn, a Democrat, maintained cordial relations with then-Gov. Rick Scott, frustrating many Democrats. Both Castor, who was a Republican until 2015, and Buckhorn have said they place greater importance on what’s best for their city than partisan politics.

Related: Bob Buckhorn has good relations with Rick Scott

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