Vermont Governor, Phil Scott, a Republican (old-school variety)
- Thanks Vermonters for making the difficult sacrifices that are helping to contain the virus. (Gracious)
- Wants the economy to open but public health and safety have to be the first priority. (Compassionate)
- Outdoor construction sites and indoor construction sites in empty buildings are open with up to 5 workers who must maintain physical distance. (Cautious)
- Some outdoor venues such as garden stores can reopen but must allow only up to ten customers at a time.
- Physical distancing and wearing of masks in public continues and most likely will be the standard until an effective vaccine is approved. (Realistic and listening to advise)
- Anyone coming from another state needs to self quarantine for 2 weeks.
- Fields endless questions along the same lines of "when will things be normal again" without losing his patience. (Patient)
- Commends front line workers and once again thanks all for efforts to contain the virus. (Sympathetic and gracious)
Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, a Republican (Trumpian variety)
- Maintains that the virus affect mainly older people, most cases in continuous care facilities and nursing homes. Afterall, this is God's waiting room. (Sarcastic)
- Allows localized authority to open beaches and boat launches, hold church services. (Shifting responsibility)
- Declares Florida in great shape with a great strategy to reopen the economy. (willingness to take any credit)
- Too many empty hospital beds so elective surgeries can resume May 4. Adds that healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus visited NY. (so don't blame Florida)
- Notes how people are reacting with fear and anxiety like he has never seen and asks doctor on stage to address this psychological phenomenon, not in a caring way.
- Irritated with reporters' questions about unemployment benefits and blamed an "inherited" system that was not worth the high cost to the state. (Impatience and blame shifting)
- Thanked the staff of host site, a hospital, and commended them for not being hysterical in addressing the situation. Mentioned a different hospital administration that had asked for more supplies in anticipation of a surge that didn't happen. (Not much of a team building strategy)
- And then, there is this.
Stay safe, stay well, and don't drink the bleach.