During NYC visit, Gov. DeSantis complains about ‘woke’ politicians, avoids thorny issues like abortion, book bans and LGBTQ rights

February 22, 2023

But the Republican governor, in town to deliver remarks at a law enforcement conference on Staten Island, steered clear of discussing abortion, LGBTQ rights and other issues he’s drawn plenty of controversy for on the national stage. Mayor Eric Adams preempted DeSantis‘ speech by highlighting the most controversial aspects of the Florida governor‘s record. “We’re happy to teach you something about values while you’re here.”On other fronts, though, Adams is more aligned with DeSantis. Like DeSantis, Adams has also recently taken aim at “woke” members of the Democratic Party. ”Whether we’re talking about immigrants, women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, gun laws, or really anything else, there is no comparison between Mayor Adams and Governor DeSantis,” Levy said.