The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Rep. Ron DeSantis has moved to Flagler County, thus blunting criticism from primary opponents that he did not live in the recently reconfigured Congressional District 6.
DeSantis, who had previously lived in Ponte Vedra in northeastern St. Johns County, saw the parameters of his district change this year, cutting out the northern part of St. Johns County in favor of expanding toward southern Volusia and Lake County.
“He has spent the past four years representing these communities in Flagler and Volusia counties. He think it’s important he move into the district he represents,” campaign manager Brad Herold told the News-Journal.
This move theoretically will blunt some of the more pointed rhetoric used by State Rep. Fred Costello, a former Ormond Beach mayor who has noted he has lived in the district for 39 years, describing the incumbent as “a candidate who is not a part of our community and has already demonstrated he is more interested in raising his national profile as a career politician in preparation for higher office than serving his constituents as their congressman.”
DeSantis’ wife, Casey Black DeSantis, has been an anchor and host on Jacksonville television for some time, meanwhile, and one expects that this move will impact her professional trajectory.