Florida GOP poised to offer a slate of really-white white dudes; should Ron DeSantis be worried?

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Based on the latest polling, after next Tuesday’s primary elections the Florida GOP will offer this slate of statewide candidates:

Rick Scott for U.S. Senator.

Ron DeSantis for Governor.

Frank White for Attorney General.

Jimmy Patronis for Chief Financial Officer.


Baxter Troutman for Agriculture Commissioner.

Of course, there’s still time for Ashley Moody to slip past White. Or Denise Grimsley to edge out Troutman.

But if they don’t, goodness, this really is your father’s Republican Party.

Five of the whitest white dudes who have ever run for office in Florida will be the face of the Florida GOP in 2018. This isn’t exactly a change from previous election cycles, but there is something especially patriarchal about this lineup.

If I were DeSantis, I’d be a tad worried about being tied to such a non-diverse slate of candidates. Mind you, Florida voters do not vote for statewide offices as a slate, but in this Summer Slam of political matchups, there’s Wonder Bread on one side and (probably) Gwen Graham, Sean Shaw, Jeremy Ring, and Nikki Fried on the other.

I don’t know for whom I am voting, but I sure know which bunch I’d rather have over for dinner (as long as Patronis gets to come over regardless).

A member of Team DeSantis privately expressed some concern with the optics of running with three other white guys, none of whom is from south of I-4.

Florida Democrats, meanwhile, are salivating at the prospect of tying Troutman to DeSantis.

As voters were reminded Monday, via a mass text message that offered no clues who sent it, in 2012 Troutman was charged with domestic violence. Rebecca Troutman told deputies at the time that he threw a bedspread at her and that hit her in the face; Baxter Troutman said it didn’t hit her.

Since that incident, the Troutmans quickly reconciled, and Rebecca Troutman has been her husband’s most visible supporter.

But that won’t keep Democrats from plastering the photo of Baxter Troutman in an orange jumpsuit across the Sunshine State.

It’s not on the same level as a domestic violence charge, but Frank White’s staunchly-Christian-conservative viewpoints on abortion issues will continue to endear him to conservative Republicans, but it may also turn off moderate female voters.

Democrats would be smart to draw a sharp distinction in a midterm election that’s shaping up to have a giant gender gap.

According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll: Almost 60 percent of women said they were leaning toward the Democratic candidate in their district, compared to 42 percent of men.

Meanwhile, just 33 percent of women favored the Republican candidate, versus 50 percent of men.

This skew reaffirms the trend captured by a Pew survey earlier this month, which found that women, especially young women, were overwhelmingly likely to go blue this fall, writes Li Zhou of Vox.

DeSantis’ supporters, as well as most Republicans, will argue that it’s unfair to view him, Scott, White, Patronis, and Troutman as some sort of ticket. Even if they are, the Democratic slate is no ‘dream team’ either, they will argue.

But in a state as diverse as Florida, couldn’t the GOP have put forward one statewide candidate who is not a White-Guy-From-North-Florida?

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


  • Tired of Liberal BS

    August 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    “Five of the whitest white dudes who have ever run for office in Florida will be the face of the Florida GOP in 2018.”
    Please permanently excuse yourself from journalism you race baiting, pathetic excuse of a male.

  • Marshall

    August 21, 2018 at 11:54 am

    This article reeks of anti-white, anti-male rhetoric. Imagine replacing “white” with “black” (or any other racial, gender group) and this editor would be forced to publicly apologize. In an assumable attempt to demean the candidates, the editor doesn’t even respectfully call them “men” or “gentleman” but refers to them as “guys” and “dudes”. Why not just support the candidate that’s most qualified for the position? The arbitrary obsession with government/ media promoted diversity has gotten out of control.

  • Rob

    August 21, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Looked in the mirror lately??? Your white!!!
    Why do white people hate on and seem ashamed of there own race???
    No other race on the planet does this or is this divided…WHY???
    You (Peter Schorsch) your statements are RACIST!!! Doesn’t matter what color your skin is!!! If your were to say this shit about another race your ass would be out of a job!!! and you know it!!! You have a platform to do positive for all races instead of trying to devide us try to unite us!!!

  • Christopher Cedeno

    August 21, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    This article is absolutely disgusting and blatantly anti white and just goes to show the massive double standard the left uses every time and gets away with doing so. Just imagine had someone pointed out how Jewish and none White the Democratic candidates were and stating that they needed more White people in their ranks, that would be considered “racist” and condemned immediately by the very media that spews leftist rhetoric like this article even though in reality Florida is still predominantly White and Christian and Jews are a minority in our state, but yet it would be considered “wrong” to point these facts out! Ridiculous! Florida is White and Southern and there is absolutely nothing wrong with White Floridians governing Florida! The author of this article is an ignorant idiot who has nothing better to do than bash those whom he and his liberal Northeastern progressive ilk detest more: White Southerners, and he should leave Florida if he feels that Floridians don’t deserve a voice from among their own folk!

  • Nick Giotta

    August 23, 2018 at 12:14 am

    The reporter is a self loathing white guy caught up in the #Ihatemymalewhitnesslife. He must hate his father and grandfather for making America great. What a putz

  • Dan Lanske

    August 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Peter schorch needs to apologize for this offensive article

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