A coupe of years ago, a Florida Health Department employee named Rebekah Jones was fired. The media decided to twist her story in an effort to make it a convenient arrow to use against Florida governor Ron DeSantis. The left sought to destroy the governor due to his refusal to go along with COVID-19 restrictions in which Jones became the media’s darling after she accused DeSantis of having her fired because she would not manipulate coronavirus data that would be used to support the governor’s decision to reopen the Sunshine State.
The Florida Inspector General for the state’s Health Department did review her allegations and, according to NBC News, declared today that the charges Jones made against DeSantis were untrue:
A prominent critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Covid response made “unsubstantiated” and “unfounded” claims that state health officials had fired her because she refused to present manipulated data online, according to an inspector general’s report obtained by NBC News on Thursday.
The 27-page report from the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Inspector General said it found “insufficient evidence” or no evidence to support Rebekah Jones’ accusations that she was asked to falsify Covid positivity rates or misrepresent them on the state’s dashboard she helped design. The report also “exonerated” officials accused by Jones of wrongdoing because they removed a data section from the website to ensure that private individual health information was not released publicly.
A woman who is a self-described environmental enthusiast had little proof to support her claims against the Governor of Florida. Shocking isn’t it? What’s more, one article published two weeks ago by National Review describes in detail Jones’s sordid history:
One is almost left impressed by the strange alchemy with which Jones manages to transmute her own bad behavior into lucrative victimhood. A 342-page “manifesto” that Jones penned in 2019 gives example after example of this tendency. She manages to cast herself as the injured party in the passages in which she describes violating a no-contact order to engage with an ex-boyfriend, damaging his car, and harassing his mother. She also manages to cast herself as the victim in the parts in which she records being fired from Florida State University for having sex with a student in her office and for lying to her employer about her criminal record. She even presents herself in defensive terms in a now-removed part of the document that contains explicit text messages between her and her ex-boyfriend, as well as close-up photographs of the man’s genitals. (A misdemeanor stalking case against Jones, filed by Florida in 2019, is ongoing, although the cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking charges have been dropped or narrowed, as were earlier charges, relating to the same individual, of trespass, felony robbery, and contempt of court.) Everywhere Jones goes—whether it’s Louisiana State University (where she got her master’s), Florida State, or the Florida Department of Health—she seems always to leave a trail of wreckage. And somehow, it’s always someone else’s fault.
Not surprisingly, as indicated by NBC News, Jones obviously considers the IG report as a mere set-back:
[Jones’s] attorney, Rick Johnson, maintains that his client is still a “whistleblower” and said that she will still press her claim of wrongful termination in court. He said the investigative report governs the actions of state workers and does not affect her rights or ability to sue for wrongful termination in court.
Jones’s employment prospects will be extremely limited if she was to give up so pursuing a wrongful termination claim is the last card she can play in hopes of somehow gaining some semblance of credibility. It will be interesting to see what happens to Jones after a judge finally puts the brakes on her case. No doubt Jones will not only never admit she did anything wrong but will continue until all of her options run out.