TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — After 15 months working for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Christina Pushaw has resigned as his press secretary to begin a new position with his 2022 reelection campaign.
WFLA.com obtained a copy of Pushaw’s resignation letter, where she thanks DeSantis and other staff in the governor’s office for providing an opportunity “to work with the most dedicated and talented public servants in the country,” and for giving her the latitude to “respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways.” Pushaw referred to her time in the governor’s office as “blessed.”
In the letter, Pushaw details various accomplishments during her time as the governor’s press secretary. She lists, among others, “protecting the rights of citizens to earn a living, gather to worship and celebrate life’s milestones, and raise their children’s free of unconstitutional mandates.”
At the end of the resignation letter, Pushaw states that current Deputy Press Secretary Bryan Griffin will be taking her place as she moves to work in DeSantis’ reelection campaign. Pushaw confirmed to WFLA.com that Jeremy Redfern, the current press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, will fill Griffin’s current role.
Pushaw’s resignation letter was first reported by the Florida Standard. Pushaw retweeted the news from the publication with the phrase “Now, the gloves are off.”
Redfern, in response to WFLA’s request for comment, provided the following statement about his move to working in the governor’s office.
“It was an honor serving as the Press Secretary for the Florida Department of Health under Surgeon General Ladapo,” Redfern said. “I’m excited to make the move over to Governor DeSantis’ office to help get out his message and push back on media bias.”
At the DeSantis reelection campaign, Pushaw will serve as director of rapid response. WFLA.com has asked Pushaw what her duties will be in the new role.