Anthony Sabatini Falsely Claims he and DeSantis Helped Pass 'Constitutional Carry'

Anthony Sabatini Falsely Claims he and DeSantis Helped Pass 'Constitutional Carry'

Sabatini continues to push the political envelope this election cycle

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
July 18, 2022

State Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R-32) who is running for Congress in Florida's 7th Congressional District has recently touted his "98% chance of winning against any Democrat opponent," appears to have made a conscious effort to deceive voters by claiming that he and Gov. DeSantis "worked together to pass"  Constitutional Carry legislation.

"Governor DeSantis and I have worked together to pass anti-grooming legislation, anti-rioting, and leftwing terrorism legislation, a constitutional carry bill, lower taxes, and now working towards passing abortion restrictions to protect the sanctity of life," stated the email.

While it is true that Rep. Sabatini was one of the most vocal proponents of Constitutional Carry and the author of the legislative measure, his bill did not see the light of day during the 2022 legislative session.

The Floridian has confirmed from a source in the Governor's office and his gubernatorial campaign that Gov. DeSantis did not work with Sabatini on any of the legislative measures he mentions.

In fact, Sabatini's Constitutional Carry bill never had a Senate sponsor. The bill was dead on arrival and could not be moved along because it did not have a sponsor in the Florida Senate.

With that said, there is no way Constitutional Carry could have passed in the Florida Legislature and signed into law by DeSantis.

Sabatini's claim that he and DeSantis worked to pass Constitutional Carry legislation is false.

The Floridian's Publisher Javier Manjarres wrote last month that Constitutional Carry could be addressed and presented to Gov. DeSantis during the in 2023 legislative session.

What's more curious about the email is that Sabatini claims to also be a "Father."

Sabatini doesn't appear to have any children that we know of, or that he has ever spoken about.

The statistics Sabatini referred to earlier in his email were released by Five Thirty-Eight, a liberal and political research firm, that gave Anthony Sabatini a 98% chance of winning the general election in 40,000 different combinations.  However, voter polls tell a different story.

Businessman and combat veteran Cory Mills (R-FL) reportedly leads Sabatini by only 2 percentage points over Sabatini and a 15-points lead over Brady Duke (R-FL) in a recent poll commissioned by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF).

According to Manjarres, there is another poll that was conducted in District 7 that shows Mills pulling away from Sabatini with a 9--10 percentage point lead.

Although the race may be tight, political scores will most likely be settled next month when all eight candidates in the crowded Republican field face off in their first live debate.  The Floridian and the Seminole Republican Women’s, Federated club will be hosting the debate that all the candidates will attend.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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