Al Lawson ratcheted up the rhetoric Thursday in a redistricting feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis, vowing to “take him out.”

The Black Democratic congressman from Tallahassee was joined by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, also a Democratic candidate for governor, in issuing a call-to-action at a lunchtime rally. They want to take a fight over how Florida’s 28 congressional districts are drawn “to the streets, the ballot box” and, if necessary, to the courts.

“He started the fight and now we’re not backing down from it and we gonna take him out,” Lawson said. “The governor doesn’t really care about minority voters.”

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