DeSantis Gets Another Disney Scalp

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

( – Three months seems to be a short time for a Disney Executive to be in their position. But that is how long Geoff Morrell, Disney’s senior communications relations executive, remained in his role for the company.

As Morrell announced to Disney employees, ”After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit.”

Morrell made headlines with his media campaign against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Desantis enacted a law in Florida that prevented public primary grade classes from teaching children sexuality and gender change issues.

For that reason, Morrell was waging a campaign against the new legislation. A campaign he lost and DeSantis won.

In an inner company notice, Disney CEO Bob Chapek declared Morrell was departing to “pursue other opportunities.” Kristina Schake would be assuming Morrell’s duties moving forward, stated Chapek.

Of Schake, Chapek further commented, “Kristina has a strategic approach and collaborative style, as well as relentless optimism and a strong appreciation of our brand and its place in the world.”

In his short time at Disney, Morrell often thought the company was too hands-off of the Florida school legislation. In time, Disney did step out to be more vocal in its opposition.

Many employed at Disney believed that their company should be more involved in condemning DeSantis and the bill.

Governor DeSantis reacted to Disney’s opposition by removing the special tax status that it had enjoyed since the late 1960s.

The removal of the tax benefit for Walt Disney World signaled an end to its self-governing position.

Morrell had previously been a press secretary under then-President George W.Bush and worked with the BP Oil company as a communications director.