American Conservative Union endorses Ron DeSantis - Florida Politics

American Conservative Union endorses Ron DeSantis

One of the nation’s biggest and most influential conservative advocacy groups is endorsing Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for Florida Governor.

American Conservative Union Chair Matt Schlapp announced the ACU’s support at a rally Friday in Solivita, the massive senior community south of Kissimmee, the DeSantis campaign reported.

In the endorsement, Schlapp praised DeSantis’ conservative record, military background and leadership in Congress.

“Ron DeSantis is a conservative warrior with a proven record of leadership,” Schlapp said in a statement. “He’s served our nation in Iraq, fought for conservative principles in Congress and I know he’ll be a great governor for Florida.”

The American Conservative Union is best known for its annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

DeSantis faces Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the Aug. 28 Republican gubernatorial primary.

The winner faces the Democratic primary victor, either Andrew Gillum, Chris King, Philip Levine, Gwen Graham or Jeff Greene.

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at
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