A scheduled Dec. 14 Florida Cabinet meeting, the first since September, has been canceled, according to Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried’s office. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration didn’t immediately respond Friday when asked about the decision to cancel the meeting. Fried, the only Democrat on the Cabinet, issued a statement that said the cancelation is “beyond disappointing” and criticized DeSantis. “Unfortunately, the business of his own state is once again falling to the wayside as he remains focused on promoting his political agenda nationally,” Fried said in the statement. Fried, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2022, has repeatedly clashed with DeSantis on policy issues and disputed his decision in September to unilaterally appoint a new Department of Environmental Protection secretary, a practice that in the past has included approval from the Cabinet. DeSantis and the Cabinet have met only five times this year, after scheduling eight meetings at the beginning of the year. Meetings in August and October were also canceled. A schedule of Cabinet meetings for 2022 hasn’t been posted. DeSantis and Cabinet members --- who also include Attorney General Ashley Moody and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis--- are scheduled to meet Dec. 15 as the Board of Executive Clemency, which is a separate proceeding from a regular Cabinet meeting. Devin Galetta, communications director for Patronis, referred questions to DeSantis’ office about Cabinet and clemency board scheduling issues.

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