FLORIDA: Ron DeSantis Enters Gubernatorial Race

Politico reports:

With President Donald Trump’s recent endorsement in his back pocket, Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis on Friday will announce he’s entering the governor’s race, a move poised to inject national cash into a campaign already on the 2018 national radar.

“I’m excited about taking this first step towards a campaign for governor,” DeSantis told POLITICO. “As a former prosecutor, Iraq veteran and conservative leader who’s endorsed by President Trump, I’ve got the experience needed to win this race and build on Gov. [Rick] Scott’s strong legacy.”

DeSantis on Friday morning will file paperwork with state election officials creating both his official campaign and a political committee called Friends of Ron DeSantis. The committee can accept unlimited contributions.

DeSantis is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign.

Thus far no notable Democrats have formally declared their candidacy.

  • Will Parkinson

    Please someone dig up dirt on him.

    • Tawreos

      Endorsed by Trump might just be enough dirt to sink him.

    • Todd20036

      And throw it on him

    • james1200

      I hear he may have raped and murdered a German Shephard back in 1990. Some people are saying that.

      • jeffg166

        Oh, my, god! I just read that on the interwebs. It must be true.

        • james1200

          I’m totally a reliable source so pass it on.

      • JaniceInToronto

        All the best people, amirite?

      • Daveed_WOW

        Why won’t he deny it?

  • shellback

    Endorsed by trump = Kiss Of Death

    • Todd20036

      Only if he doesn’t run unopposed

    • Not in Florida.

  • Tawreos

    Maybe Florida would like to try NOT being run by a hateful asshole for awhile

    • johncAtl

      They’ve had good governors in the past. Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles were excellent.

      • Tawreos

        But then there is Rick Scott

      • bkmn

        Bob Grahams daughter is running for the job.

      • jayjonson

        The only thing I remember about Lawton Chiles is that he was a bigot.

        • Uh, what? Gonna need some receipts on that.

          While in Congress, he opposed a cross-Florida canal on environmental concerns and managed to have what had already been constructed turned into a green zone.

          Chiles, as governor, pushed through a children’s healthcare program in Florida after having been involved with a nationwide council on it (before CHIP was created at the federal level). He tried to push through healthcare and tax reform but was blocked by Republicans in the state legislature.

          He also left a liberal legacy on the Florida Supreme Court for 25 years, appointing six of the seven justices at one point, which is only now beginning to ebb because of mandatory retirement.

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you.

        • Snarky

          Sorry, you’re thinking of someone else.

        • Nic Peterson

          The old He-coon? Not a chance. Chiles was a liberal and proud of it in his own folksy sort of way. Maybe you are thinking of someone else?

        • bcarter3

          While Chiles didn’t veto a 1997 bill that banned Florida from recognizing gay marriages, you may be confusing him with.Reubin Askew, another “progressive” Florida Democratic governor, and a true bigot.

          Askew, who supported Anita Bryant’s campaign to ban gay teachers, briefly ran for the president. As governor, he signed the bill banning gays from marrying or adopting children.

          When President Carter nominated Askew to be US trade negotiator, Askew testified that he would not hire what he called “known homosexuals,” adding: “I have said that I will not have a known homosexual on my staff.”

          Some progressive, eh?

  • Michael R

    Trump ‘failed to recognize a succession of old friends’


    • The_Wretched

      I don’t think the video actually proves the point. Not knowing where someone is at an event is different than not knowing who someone is in front of you.

  • Uncle Mark

    With the Trump endorsement (coupled with the Russia-collusion investigations/trials, and who knows what future insanity from Benedict Donald), this man will only be able to run for Florida Sinkhole

  • Butch

    Trump’s endorsement “in his back pocket?” Yeah, that’ll guarantee a win.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    DeSantis where have I heard of that guy before…

    Oh yes, he tried to shutdown the Mueller investigation. No wonder Donald loves him so.

  • Eric Lewis

    Florida has had a huge influx of displaced people from Puerto Rico, I can’t see them voting for anyone endorsed by the Paper Towel tosser. I think Florida is due for a “Blue Wave”

    • crewman

      It would be so cool if a great Puerta Rican emerged as a Democratic contender.

      • KarenAtFOH

        I can think of a certain mayor….

        • johncAtl

          Which one? I left Florida in 1983 so I’m very out of touch with local politics there.

          • TuuxKabin

            The mayor of San Juan. I think.

          • TampaZeke

            She would have to be a Republican to be allowed to break the rules and run for Governor of Florida. As a Democrat that would never be allowed.

          • Kruhn

            A primer on Carmen Yulin Cruz. She’s great with a turn of phrase, but very divisive within her own party. The pro status quo PDP hates her showboating. She took some flak for being on vacation during the crisis. She did win re-election in 2016 despite facing a strong pro statehood NPP candidate, but it’s seen as imperious and a bad administrator.

            She probably won in 2016 because the majority of people who left San Juan to the mainland were probably statehood supporters. She wouldn’t last two seconds in Florida politics.

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    • BobSF_94117

      When someone from a territory moves to the states, they don’t just register to vote and become a resident/citizen of the state. There are tax forms to file, etc. Many, with an intent to return to PR, wouldn’t go through the trouble.

  • bkmn
  • jeffg166

    When will the women come forward with their stories about him?

    • JustDucky

      And if President Pussy Grabber likes him, there are almost certainly plenty of women out there with stories about him.

  • BlackGayVeganAtheist

    With 300,000+ Puerto Ricans now in Florida I hope that they can keep him from being elected by voting Democratic

    • ted-

      CA will gladly take all the Puerto Ricans 🙂

    • bcarter3

      Assuming they register to vote.

      And assuming they’re *able* to register to vote. The Republicans will not go out of their way to make that easy.

      • Kruhn

        We’re citizens (I’m Puerto Rican), so it’s a matter of establishing residency.

        • BobSF_94117

          And many would not seek to do so. The IRS has issued a letter that says that for tax purposes, any time after the two hurricanes, up until at least the end of 2017, is considered on-island time for residency purposes, even if the taxpayer is physically off-island. Most people don’t want the hassle of changing residency.

          • Jim Maloney

            Considering what you wrote, do you know how long it would take them to establish residency? Sounds like the clock would start 1/1/18…

          • BobSF_94117

            Florida must have its own residency requirements for voting. I don’t know what they are. I do know that if you move to or from the territories to or from the states, you file a Form 8898. The reason is to establish where you are a resident for 50%+ of the year, which determines where you file taxes (and other tax-related matters). For tax purposes, you establish residency by being someplace, and you maintain it by being there 50%+ of the year (there are other scenarios, too, which preserve your legal tax residency).


          • Kruhn

            Thanks for the heads up. Then Donald and his minions are doing everything to stack the deck. Hopefully Governor Rossello will include the Governor’s race in Florida in his plans to punish the GOP. Statehooders try to stay friendly with the Republicans because it is the only major party that has a pro Puerto Rican statehood plank in its platform as useless as it has been for the past 40-50 years. Hopefully Rossello, a Democrat will finally understand that he should twist the Democrats’ arms to get a pro Puerto Rican statehood plank in the Democratic platform (It’s always been more wishy washy for historical reasons) and mobilize the voters of Puerto Rican origin and flip districts and statehouses with heavy Puerto Rican population, like for example Texas which is the second most popular destination of Puerto Rican moving to the mainland.

          • BobSF_94117

            They’re not “stacking the deck”. The IRS letter was a big relief to a lot of people who want to remain legal tax residents of the territories affected by natural disaster (PR and the USVI) but who could not return home (at least not to a home they could live in). They don’t want to become residents of a U.S. state.

            No doubt there are a lot of Puerto Ricans who will not be returning to PR anytime soon. They’ll probably settle down somewhere and become residents (and fill out that form I mentioned). They’ll be in plenty of time to register to vote in the mid-terms.

      • I understand that Puerto Rican organizations in Florida are making a concerted effort to make sure the diaspora are registered in time. I hope there aren’t issues of people forced to evacuate without their legal documents and then being unable to get the proper identification in time to vote.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I see a lot of people aren’t getting him the chance. I could easily see him winning

    • Tawreos

      After Trump, I think we all know better than to count anyone out, but there is still room for hope.

    • johncAtl

      Florida does excel at fucking up elections.

      • Tawreos

        If they fuck this one up as well will we get to see Hung Chad again?

    • Ninja0980

      Especially if this one Bernie wannabe down there enters the race as an Independent and splits the Democratic vote.

    • Eyup. It depends on whether or not the Democrats actually put money and effort into the race.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Although Donald Trump himself is very unpopular I don’t think an endorsement is any kind of Kiss of Death

  • Bambino

    To use dotard as an endorsement says a lot about the candidate.

    • Tawreos

      How can you say no to the endorsement by a man with a ~38% approval rating?

      • Bambino

        I’ll remember to hire PedoMoore to sell my line of teen clothes next.

        • Treant

          “This shit’s hot on 14 year old ass.” –Roy Moore

  • Jmdintpa

    And somehow the Dems here in Florida will lose. They will run a loser Republican light boring candidate. The party in this state is in shambles. Say hello to your new governor Floridians. Or maybe Repub Adam putnam but I have no hope for the Democratic Party here. Rick Scott going to the senate

    • Ninja0980

      Sad to say you are right.
      Florida’s Democratic party is among the worst in the nation

      • Vista-Cruiser

        The state Democratic parties in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin are also in that sorry category.

    • jimbo65

      “Rick Scott going to the senate.” Only in the corrupt government that we now have, can a man that scammed the Medicaid system be a shoo in for the Senate.

  • Bambino

    He uses his vet background and dotard endorsement as selling point. Wouldn’t those two cancel each other out?

  • Jmdintpa

    Remember 80 percent of the Republicans in Florida approve of Donald Trump think he’s doing great. So endorsement from that clown is only a positive in the this state.

    • Reality.Bites

      I imagine that Bush and Reagan were way higher than 80% among Florida Republicans one year into their first terms.

      I think for most Republicans they’d really like him to ignore their race entirely.

      • Treant

        Yeah, 80% is actually abysmal. 95%+ is more normal.

        80% is the level at which you can’t go lower without suffering collapse of support. Sure, 75% may say they approve of you, but that approval is usually fairly tepid. They’re not going to bestir themselves to do much of anything.

    • Tiger Quinn

      Trump’s endorsements have failed three times now.

      People hate Republicans.

      Florida just got an influx of Puerto Rican migrants. Who can vote.

      • Daveed_WOW

        They’re not really migrants, are they? They’re just Americans who moved. 🙂

        • William

          How about refugees?

          • Daveed_WOW

            Can you be a refugee from your own country?

          • William

            When your own government fails to provide assistance after a disaster, yes.

          • Daveed_WOW

            Well, I hope they are not refugees because refugees are being given a hard time by the administration. They are Americans who moved and they can’t be treated like foreigners.

  • Reality.Bites


    “But among the difficult and entitled rich, the Mercers cut a path through disbelief and incredulity. Unlike other people contributing vast sums to political candidates, they were willing not to win—ever. Their bubble was their bubble.

    So when they did win, by the fluke alignment of the stars for Donald Trump, they were yet pure. Now, having found themselves—by odds that were perfect-storm outlandish—in power, they were not going to give it up because Steve Bannon had hurt feelings and wasn’t getting enough sleep.

    Toward the end of March, the Mercers organized a set of emergency meetings. At least one of them was with the president himself. It was exactly the kind of meeting Trump usually avoided: he had no interest in personnel problems, since they put the emphasis on other people. Suddenly he was being forced to deal with Steve Bannon, rather than the other way around. What’s more, it was a problem he had in part created with his constant Bannon dissing, and now he was being asked to eat crow. Even though the president kept saying he could and should fire Bannon, he was aware of the costs—“a right-wing backlash of unpredictable proportions.

    Trump thought the Mercers were super-strange bedfellows too. He didn’t like Bob Mercer looking at him and not saying a word; he didn’t like being in the same room with Mercer or his daughter. But though he refused to admit that the Mercers’ decision to back him and their imposition of Bannon on the campaign in August was, likely, the event without which he would not now be in the White House, he did understand that if crossed, the Mercers and Bannon were potential world-class troublemakers.

    The complexity of the Bannon-Mercer problem prompted Trump to consult two contradictory figures: Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes. Even as the president did so, perhaps he knew he would come up with a zero-sum answer.

    Murdoch, already briefed by Kushner, said getting rid of Bannon was the only way to deal with the dysfunction in the White House. (Murdoch, of course, made the assumption that getting rid of Kushner was not an option.) It was the inevitable outcome, so do it now. Murdoch’s response made perfect sense: by now, he had become an active political supporter of the Kushner-Goldman moderates, seeing them as the people who would save the world from Bannon and, indeed, from Trump as well.

    Ailes, blunt and declarative as always, said, “Donald, you can’t do it. You’ve made your bed and Steve is in it. You don’t have to listen to him, you don’t have to even get along with him. But you’re married to him. You can’t handle a divorce right now.”

    Excerpt From: Michael Wolff. “Fire and Fury.” iBooks.

    • Treant

      “Donald, you married Steve and have to fuck him. Get that ass up higher boy, or you’ll never get Steve pregnant. No divorce for you, bucko.”

      • johncAtl

        I hope that’s the fever talking, because it’s a very unpleasant picture.

  • Henry Auvil

    All a Republican has to do to win in FL is babble about the 2nd Amendment and “illegals”. He’s a shoo-in.

    • Daveed_WOW

      And bash Cuba, but not Cubans who live in Florida. Florida consists of a few retired liberals and the biggest, hottest and meanest cache of backwater hillbillies in North America.

      • Ninja0980

        I will say on the Cuba front that is becoming harder and harder to do as the older ones die off.
        The younger generations could care less, especially with Fidel Castro dead.

  • Florida Democrats drive me completely insane. They’re going to put in yet another half-assed effort propping up a nobody candidate so they can just debate things amongst themselves and we’ll get yet another awful Republican.

    We should have had a candidate declared weeks ago, if not months. That’s unfortunately how this thing works these days.

    • William

      That sounds like Texas Democrats. Headless chickens are better organized.

  • Tomcat

    Zero rating in human rights, yes he is perfect for Floriduh.

  • justmeeeee

    Listen, Florida Democrats are smart and have learned their lesson….they will not let this election catch them unawares…they will nominate a tried and true winner….MISS CHARLENE CRIST!

    • Rick Scott Republican 2,861,390
      Charlie Crist Democrat 2,795,263
      Adrian Wyllie Other 222,878
      Glenn Burkett Other 41,251

      66,127…the small number of votes separating Crist from Scott

      • justmeeeee

        But we can’t have both an orange president and an orange governor. One or the other of them has got to GTFO. Preferably, both.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I should be a Florida resident by November. I’d be happy to vote for his opponent.

    • TuuxKabin

      Hope you do. Both. Good luck with it all.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Be sure to register to vote, and then 45 days before each election, verify that you are still registered (Republicans will look for any excuse to purge you from the voting rolls).

      • When you get your Florida driver’s license you also register to vote. I have been here since 2012, never once had to verify that I am still registered, never once had any issues voting.

  • William

    By November, deSantis will be up to his eyeballs in Russian collusion testimony.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    ‘With President Donald Drumpf’s recent endorsement in his back pocket…” Given Trump’s continued slide, is this really something he would want to….oh wait, it’s Florid’uh, never mind.

  • Bambino

    Dear Puerto Ricans, this is your chance to voice and speak out for your territory.

  • JWC

    Florida’s Puerto Rico will remember Trump and his paper towel toss

  • TampaZeke

    This wouldn’t be a problem if Florida didn’t have the most stupid voters in the country.

  • anne marie in philly

    I think this asswipe needs to be bitchslapped hard and repeatedly!

  • JCF

    Come ON, Dems, GET IN THERE!!!!