“His fighting passion will be missed, and his legacy will persist in the hearts and minds of many,” the GOP governor said.
DeSantis’ office did not provide a cause of death.
David Fierro, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, told CNN that Antonacci had a medical episode during a meeting with the agency and others Friday at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. The state Capitol Police responded to the incident.
Over a lengthy and unparalleled career in government, Antonacci wore many hats, including deputy attorney general and statewide prosecutor, and he was appointed to serve on various boards and commissions. Several governors turned to Antonacci to fill tough roles or to fix messes. When the Broward elections supervisor resigned shortly after DeSantis took office in 2019, the governor tapped Antonacci to fill the vacancy.
Antonacci also caused a stir when he sent a letter to local election supervisors absolving them of any blame for not preventing those people from voting. DeSantis had suggested the supervisors could be at fault for not properly maintaining their voter rolls.
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