According to local news station WFLA 8, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Friday that he will soon be ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff for the late right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
The controversial radio host and Florida resident died at the age of 70 on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer. Gov. DeSantis, a Republican, confirmed during a press conference on Friday flags in Florida would be lowered for Limbaugh once funeral arrangements are made.
“I know they’re still figuring out the arrangements but what we do when there’s things of this magnitude, once the date of interment for Rush is announced, we’re going to be lowering the flags to half-staff,” the governor said.
DeSantis, who made the announcement during a news conference to highlight goals for the upcoming legislative session, said Limbaugh was “an absolute legend,” adding: “He was a friend of mine and just a great person.”
Limbaugh’s long-time producer James Golden, also known as “Bo Snerdley” was also at the news conference to pay tribute to the radio host.
State Rep. Anthony Sabatini had called on the governor earlier this week to lower flags for Limbaugh. The Lake County Republican, in a letter to DeSantis, called the radio host a “champion of the constitution, civic engagement, and a true American patriot.”
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s lone state-elected Democrat, was quick to criticize DeSantis’ decision to lower flags for Limbaugh. She tweeted that the governor, “had no words for Congressman John Lewis. Priorities.”
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