Ron DeSantis, left, and Andrew Warren. (CNN)

(CNN) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday suspended state attorney Andrew Warren for pledging not to use his office to prosecute people who seek or provide abortions or doctors who provide gender-affirming care.

Ron DeSantis, left, and Andrew Warren. (CNN) 

In his executive order, DeSantis accused Warren of “neglect of duty” and “incompetence” as the elected state attorney of Hillsborough County, which includes the city of Tampa.

“To take a position that you have veto powers over the laws of the state is untenable,” DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa surrounded by law enforcement officers.

Warren responded hours later, accusing DeSantis of “trying to overthrow democracy here in Hillsborough County.”

In a public statement, he said, “In our community, crime is low, our constitutional rights – including the right to privacy – are being upheld, and the people have the right to elect their own leaders — not have them dictated by an aspiring presidential candidate who has shown time and time again he feels accountable to no one.”

Warren did not say if he intends to pursue legal action to void the suspension, nor is it clear what happens if he attempts to continue working as the state attorney. Earlier Thursday, the website for the Office of the State Attorney 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida was placed in “maintenance mode.” By evening, it was back online and featured DeSantis’ appointee to replace Warren, Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Susan Lopez.

DeSantis told reporters that he did not speak to Warren ahead of the announcement.

The move by DeSantis, a Republican, to remove a Democrat twice elected by Hillsborough voters drew an immediate and sharp rebuke from Democratic state lawmakers and officials. Minority Leader Sen. Lauren Book said DeSantis was “behaving more like a dictator than ‘America’s governor.’” And Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democratic …read more

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