Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2021 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. [Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore Via Wikimedia Commons]
Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly issued an administrative order on Monday suspending Anthony DeFillipo, the mayor of Democratic North Miami Beach.
According to Florida’s Voice, DeSantis removed DeFillipo soon after he was detained and charged with violating voting laws. Despite not being a resident of the district where he cast his ballot, DeFillipo is charged with three felonies for voting in.
“Anthony F. DeFillipo II is prohibited from performing any official act, duty, or function of public office; from receiving any pay or allowance; and from being entitled to any of the emoluments or privileges of public office during the period of this suspension, which period shall be from today until a further Executive Order is issued or as otherwise provided by law,”
DeFillipo’s attorney, Michael Pizzi has attempted to claim that the charges against his client were politically motivated.
DeFillipo apparently relocated to a new home in Davie but continued to vote in the district he no longer officially resided in in August, October, and November 2022. According to the site, DeFillipo claimed insisted he had always lived in Miami Beach.