Florida Legislature to Pave the Way for DeSantis to Run for President in 2024

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has so far kept quiet about potential Presidential ambitions.

When Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist pressed him on the issue during their debate for the midterm elections, he famously said that the only “worn-out old donkey” he was looking to “put out to pasture” was Crist.

Still, speculation about his presidential ambitions has dominated headlines.

After the midterm elections ended, pollsters have already pivoted to Republican primary polls for 2024.

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A Quinnipiac poll released today had DeSantis ahead by 2 points over former President Donald Trump.

 

Republicans in the Florida House and Senate appear ready to make it easier for DeSantis to run for President.

Both the new Speaker of the House and Senate President said that they were open to loosening current laws that require current government officials in Florida to resign their office after announcing their candidacy for another office.

The move would allow DeSantis to remain, Governor of Florida while running for President.

Florida’s new House Speaker, Paul Renner, said it was a “good idea” for Florida to write more consistent laws about the issues that would allow people to keep their seats while running for other offices.

“You will find me to always try to hone toward being principled and consistent,” Renner said. “This is one area that, going back in history — you don’t have to go very far on a kind of two-second Google search — we’ve been totally inconsistent on. If you think that’s based on anything in your hypothetical, you would be right, and I’ll be very open and transparent about that.”

Under current Florida law, DeSantis would be forced to give up his position even if he lost his presidential bid.

Senate President Kathleen Passidomo agreed with Speaker Renner.

“If Speaker Renner thinks it’s a good idea,” Passidomo jokingly said, “I think it’s a good idea.’

“When you think about it, if an individual who is from Florida, who is a Florida Governor, is running for President, I think he should run and do it. I really do.”

While Trump was quick to announce his candidacy just a week after the midterm elections, other candidates, including DeSantis, are likely to wait to declare until anywhere from six months to a year from now.

A Washington Post analysis found that the median time for candidates to announce that they are running for President is about a year and a half before the general election, meaning that more announcements will likely come in the late spring and early summer.


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