Feb. 16—TALLAHASSEE —
Moskowitz, 40, said he will turn in his formal resignation early Tuesday and will leave
"I am reminded on the third anniversary of the @MSDHighSchool school shooting in my hometown, along with this pandemic that tomorrow is not guaranteed," Moskowitz wrote on Twitter Monday, tagging his friend
"With 15 years in public office, time to hit the pause button to be with my family. I'll be back," he wrote.
"Jared is the reason why"
"It's been two years, he's worked extremely hard and his family is almost a world away, in some respects," the governor added. "When you're in
Moskowitz, a lawyer who had previously spent nearly 10 years at
Tapped by the governor in
"The governor came to me, a progressive Democrat who just passed gun control in the House and who was walking around with an F-minus t-shirt from the NRA," Moskowitz said in an interview. "Anyone who knows me knows I'm not like a lemming. We were able to put our policy differences aside and work together for
Moskowitz openly advocated for mask mandates, using his Twitter account and newspaper editorials to promote them even as the governor refused to model mask wearing in public and issued an executive order that prevents local governments from issuing mask ordinances.
"There was never a moment, even when he might have disagreed, that he didn't let me make my case," he said. "I took this job because I knew I could have a tremendous opportunity to help people."
While Moskowitz anticipated the job would be time consuming, especially during the six months of hurricane season in the storm-prone peninsula, he said he never expected to be navigating the state through a global pandemic. The job kept him away from his wife, and sons, Samuel, 7, and Max, 4.
A few weeks ago, as he was buckling one of his sons into his car seat, his son said: "'Daddy you work for the governor. I don't want you to work for the governor. I want you to come home," Moskowitz recalled. "I listened to him. Your kids are only young once."
Two months ago, Moskowitz had already told friends he was ready to leave, a normal course of events for agency heads in the mid-point of a governor's four-year term. His name had been floated as a possibility to serve as Biden's
Moskowitz served as a
"All those parents had plans for their kids," he said. "Future careers, marriage, weddings but in a blink of an eye, its all gone."
On the three-year anniversary of the massacre, he Tweeted: "I am still haunted. Every second, of every hour, of every day."
In the hours after the
The result was landmark legislation that raised the legal age of gun ownership to 21, imposed a three-day waiting period on gun purchases, brought more police officers into school and created a red flag law to warn of gun owners who may be a danger to themselves or others. It was the first gun control legislation passed by the
"It took guts. It took skill but it also took the ability to go to my friends across the aisle to explain to them why we couldn't miss this moment," Moskowitz said. "Doing nothing was not an option."
Moskowitz, who enjoys the spotlight and is a compelling speaker, earned bipartisan kudos for his handling of the state's pandemic response.
"Your passion comes out loud and clear," said Sen.
Because of the pandemic, the role of emergency manager was more powerful than ever, allowing Moskowitz to steer billions in state contracts to companies, often with sole source or no-bid purchase orders.
State law allows the
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