Texts show COVID-19 vaccine site in Manatee was set up to help Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reelection

ORLANDO, Fla. — The already controversial Lakewood Ranch COVID-19 vaccination pod in Florida’s Manatee County was carefully choreographed by organizers and the governor’s office to help him win reelection next year, texts obtained by The Bradenton Herald show. Asked about the report Tuesday, DeSantis called it “nonsense” and suggested that the “partisan” news media didn’t want people in wealthy, Republican-leaning neighborhoods to get vaccinated. The Lakewood “pop-up” site was limited to residents of two wealthy ZIP codes in Manatee County. Prominent Democrats have already called for an invest…

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