- Christina Pushaw, Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, resigned Friday to lead the rapid response on DeSantis’ campaign
- Effective immediately, Deputy Press Secretary Bryan Griffin will take over Pushaw’s position
- In her letter, Pushaw commended actions taken by the DeSantis administration during her tenure such as Florida’s COVID-19 response and expanding school choice programs
- Press Secretary for the Department of Health Jeremy Redfern will become the new Deputy Press Secretary for Desantis
Christina Pushaw, Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, announced her resignation from the position on Friday. Pushaw will transition to serve as Director of Rapid Response on DeSantis’ re-election campaign, as first reported by The Florida Standard.
Inside the governor’s office, Deputy Press Secretary Bryan Griffin will take over as the new Press Secretary, while state Department of Health Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern will become DeSantis’ new Deputy Press Secretary.
“For the last 15 months, I have been blessed to work with the most dedicated and talented public servants in the country, inspired by the Governor’s courage, leadership, and bold agenda,” said Pushaw in her resignation letter. “I thank Governor DeSantis, Chief of Staff James Uthmeier, and Communications Director Taryn Fenske for entrusting me with this responsibility. You gave me latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine this role for a leader whose actions speak for themselves.”
In her resignation letter, Pushaw touted measures the DeSantis administration passed during her time as Press Secretary, including the prohibition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements in workplace settings, expanding school choice, and the passing of a 15-week abortion ban.
“Amid unprecedented challenges, Florida has protected people’s livelihoods, defended civil liberties, and upheld the laws passed by our duly elected Legislature,” said Pushaw. Governor DeSantis has proven that leaders can take a stand for individual rights against unelected corporate power, without sacrificing economic prosperity and competitiveness.”
Prior to her role as Press Secretary, Pushaw worked as a freelance journalist publishing in national conservative outlets like The National Interest and Human Events.
In addition to her freelance journalism work, Pushaw worked with conservative public policy organizations in Washington D.C. and has also worked as an international political communications consultant aiding pro-American political leaders and organizations in Eastern Europe, specializing in English-language media. Her experience working with political leaders and other organizations helped hone her skills in an often hostile media environment. One of her clients, Mikheil Saakashvili, has been an outspoken critic of Vladmir Putin.
Pushaw presented herself as a controversial figure in her role, frequently clashing with journalists critical of DeSantis on Twitter. At one point, her Twitter profile stated that she is “debunking false Narratives about Florida” and DeSantis.
“I am proud to have been part of a team that has helped Floridians through historic challenges, and continues to deliver results that make life better for the people of our great state,” Pushaw said.