Could the fact that Monday night’s Capitol Press Corps Skits were the 65th iteration of this annual lampooning of Florida politics be portentous?
As one wag put it after the show came to an end: “When the House and Senate videos get more laughs than the skits themselves, maybe it’s time for them to retire.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t attend the event, but his alter ego, played by Jake Stofan of Capitol News Service, made a couple appearances in skits about DeSantis’ connection to Ukrainians Lev Parnas (Renzo Downey of Florida Politics) and Igor Fruman (Gary Fineout of POLITICO Florida), and a “Newlywed Game”-style quiz show with First Lady Casey DeSantis (Emily Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times). The Governor also was taken to task for darting out of press appearances in the song “Fight for Your Right (to Gaggle), a takeoff on a Beastie Boys hit in the ’80s.
But seeing and being seen is part of the $30 price of admission ($75 for VIPs, which got them front-and-center seats and a cheese plate) and stars of The Process were in attendance. Among those spotted were Attorney General Ashley Moody and her staffers Whitney Ray and Lauren Shenone; Sens. Ed Hooper, Joe Gruters, and Keith Perry; and Reps. Evan Jenne, Jamie Grant, and Carlos Guillermo Smith.