WESH 2 Fined for Disallowing Scotty Moore to Debate Darren Soto During Midterms

WESH 2 Fined for Disallowing Scotty Moore to Debate Darren Soto During Midterms

The RPOF and the Moore Campaign filed a complaint that led to the fine.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
February 9, 2023

During the past election cycle, incumbent Congressman Darren Soto (D-FL) outlasted challenger Scotty Moore (R) by 7 points. However, the result did not come without controversy.

Before the election, Moore was set to debate Soto in the WESH-2 (Orlando) TV station. However, due to the station’s strict (the Republican Party of Florida called “discriminatory”) policy of not allowing those who haven’t been vaccinated into the station, Moore was not able to debate Rep. Soto.

According to a statement provided by the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), “WESH-2’s unlawful action denied Central Florida voters an opportunity to make informed decisions on election day.”

The RPOF and the Moore campaign filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Health.

Because of the circumstances, the Florida Department of Health fined the station in violation of section 381.00316, which was signed by Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in 2021.

The statute essentially “prohibits private businesses from requiring vaccine documentation and states in relevant part: ‘A business entity, as defined in s. 768.38 to include any business operating in this state, may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or postinfection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state.’”

The RPOF concluded that “this is a victory for freedom. Florida has made clear that unscientific and discriminatory COVID vaccine mandates will not stand in the Free State of Florida.”

7 points is a lot of ground to cover. However, who knows what the outcome would have been should the debate had taken place.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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