Top Florida Republican Roasts “Unprofessional” State Surgeon General Over Mask Incident With Ill Senator

Florida Politics reports:

Senate President Wilton Simpson late Saturday sharply criticized a top official in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis for failing to adhere to a request from state Sen. Tina Polksky to wear a mask while visiting her in her office. Polksky, a Democrat from Palm Beach County who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is about to start radiation treatment, asked Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo to leave her office this past week after Lapado refused to don a mask.

Simpson sent a memo to all members and Senate staff calling the incident “disappointing” and said that “it shouldn’t take a cancer diagnosis for people to respect each other’s level of comfort with social interactions during a pandemic.” “What occurred in Senator Polksy’s office was unprofessional and will not be tolerated in the Senate,” the Republican leader wrote. The memo may also suggest that Ladapo may run into trouble as he seeks confirmation with the Senate.

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