DeSantis and the grand jury: Good politics may bring good policy | Randy Schultz

From a political standpoint, Gov. Ron DeSantis acted shrewdly last week in seeking a statewide grand jury to investigate school safety.

By appearing with families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims one day before the one-year commemoration, DeSantis showed solidarity but kept the main focus off himself. If the Florida Supreme Court accepts his petition for the grand jury – which seems likely – DeSantis can keep the pressure where it belongs.

A showboating governor might have tried to suspend Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie or his loyalists on the school board. Either action, however, would have been problematic.

As DeSantis acknowledged, he probably can’t suspend Runcie. Governors can suspend or remove local elected officials. Runcie is appointed. So DeSantis would have faced a legal fight.