A group of prominent Michigan Republicans are encouraging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to jump into the 2024 presidential race — a significant and thinly veiled shot at the only announced Republican candidate: former President Donald Trump.
Last month, Bryan Posthumus, the Republican floor leader in the Michigan state House, flew to Florida and hand-delivered DeSantis a letter encouraging him to run for president. The letter — which was signed by 18 Republican members of the state House, one quarter of party’s caucus.
The overtures to DeSantis come as Michigan Republicans reel from a series of Trump-era losses. Since 2018, Republicans have lost control of three statewide offices led by the governorship, as well as both state legislative chambers, several congressional seats and other key posts.
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“I think it is very significant that elected Republicans are so overtly looking for an alternative in 2024. It shows a seriousness about winning, at the risk of poking the Trump bear. I think we will see more of this in the coming months,” says @jcroe. https://t.co/qNFePIt8EZ
— Michael Kruse (@michaelkruse) January 18, 2023
Top Michigan Republicans move to draft DeSantis for 2024 https://t.co/tU2UV3JS3M
— MSN (@MSN) January 18, 2023