Ron DeSantis Adds Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez to List of Officials He has Suspended After Felony Charges

Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis has suspended Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose Martinez.

Last month Martinez was charged with unlawful compensation and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation.

According to investigators, Mr. Martinez accepted money from a supermarket owner who was facing repeated fines for having too many storage units on the property. The amount he accepted from the supermarket owner was $15,000.

Authorities say Martinez pushed legislation that would allow the supermarket to legally have their storage containers on the property in exchange for the monies.

The legislation failed to pass however the charges were still permissible.

A statement from the governor’s office reads, “These violations constitute felonies in the second and third degree, and it is in the best interest of the residents of Miami-Dade County that Martinez be immediately suspended from the public office that he holds.”

According to CBS News, these felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison each.

This official is just the latest one to be suspended by the governor. DeSantis has previously suspended a “Soros-backed” state attorney that pledged to not enforce some Florida laws. We reported on this matter earlier.

DeSantis it appears is not going to allow officials to stay in office if they won’t fulfill their commitment to the people who elected them or have chosen to take advantage of their roles.