Florida Legislators Change Law 76-34 Allowing Ron DeSantis To Run For POTUS As Governor

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 04/29/2023
With a vote of 76-34, the Florida House on Friday approved a measure that would allow the state's chief executive to run for president without resigning from their post.

Only a few days have passed since the state Senate approved the bill with a vote of 28 to 12. As of right now, Governor Ron DeSantis will be considering the measure.

The timing of the bill’s approval and Governor DeSantis’ potential presidential announcement adds to the uniqueness of the situation.

Angela Nixon, a Democrat in the House, stated, "We in this body are doing the governor's bidding." If he wants to run for president, he must step down first. Governorship is a full-time position, as of the last time I looked. There is a lot of effort involved in running for president.

"Florida has been a model of election integrity and efficiency, but there's always room for improvement," said Republican Lawrence McClure. By modernizing several Florida election law requirements and ensuring that wrongdoers face consequences, this measure aims to build on Florida's achievements in these areas.

This week, it emerged that some of DeSantis's supporters were pressuring him to announce his candidacy for president as early as May 11th in order to refute the growing perception that former President Donald Trump is the front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2024.

A few people in the governor's close circle, meanwhile, think that such a pronouncement would be hasty. Although there are disagreements, it is understood that the announcement is planned for mid-May and will probably take the form of an exploratory committee, with the official launch following shortly after.

It seems that Governor DeSantis is aggressively putting up a campaign team in Tallahassee, as Republican operatives have revealed that numerous national businesses have lately come.

According to one of the agents, "It feels like a team that is staffing up, not scaling down." Large campaigns need internal preparation, and this has been'vendors: assemble' week in Tallahassee, according to another insider.

Generally speaking, presidential contenders may postpone announcing their candidacy until later in the election cycle in order to achieve strategic benefits, such increasing their fundraising potential or avoiding being overshadowed by other significant events or announcements. Additionally, before making a choice, candidates like DeSantis might want to wait and see how political and economic circumstances develop.

Some in the Republican Party see DeSantis, who has a solid conservative track record and a devoted fan base, as a rising star in the party. He might provide a formidable threat to former President Trump if he chooses to run for president in 2024.

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