‘Stupid scuttlebutt’: Ron DeSantis tires of state GOP drama narrative

DeSantis has little patience for that line of questioning.

An agitated Gov. Ron DeSantis made it clear on Friday that he was sick and tired of talking about intraparty Florida GOP drama.

Florida Politics reported this week that GOP leaders, some on the record, were calling for ouster of the Governor’s handpicked Executive Director Peter O’Rourke.

Critics say DeSantis and O’Rourke are hijacking the party, sidestepping party chair Joe Gruters, who is O’Rourke’s nominal superior on the org chart.

DeSantis did not appreciate that read, he made clear in a Jacksonville media avail.

“All I can tell you (is) I’m sick of this stupid scuttlebutt,” DeSantis said. “I don’t care what these people … anonymous Republican people? Who the hell is that? Nothing says courage like ‘anonymous Republican official.’ It’s ridiculous,” DeSantis said.

“All I know is people said ‘they don’t have a speaker,’ ” DeSantis said, referring to the Statesman’s Dinner on Dec. 7. “The President told me a month ago he was going to speak. We’re just trying to figure out a date.”

Calling it a “bunch of hooey,” DeSantis said he didn’t want to address it anymore.

DeSantis had closed out this week’s AP Day by announcing that President Donald Trump would speak.

Whether the drama over Peter O’Rourke and his purported takeover of the party quells by next month is anyone’s guess.

Gruters was terse in comments to Florida Politics’ Jacob Ogles Friday: “The Governor gets credit for locking down the date,” Gruters said.

As POLITICO Florida reported, O’Rourke has overseen an “internal probe” of the party, conducted by a security correspondent for Marvel, whose Ike Perlmutter is a big backer of the Governor.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Sonja Fitch

    November 1, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    May the infighting begin!!! If it is over the goptrump Cult. May the real Republicans Win. The in fighting is already a “thing” in Jacksonville! So far the goptrump Cult is tied with the real Republicans!

  • Frank Papcin

    November 2, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    what is the real republican party in Florida?
    isn’t that group that won the election or has the republican party of Florida taken on a left arm, /socialist,/democratic, /republican party arm, that feels like they should control the party
    WHERE IS THE UNITY? — out the door with the communist party’s attempt to overthrow this republic? maybe the RINOS think they can take over the government? open up all of our borders and let the world come in so we too can become another Venezuela, with socialists running this country deep into the ground, with the socialist party taking over everything, forcing the American worker to support all of the poor of the world? — people from all over the world can now cross our borders freely– with the democrats taking to court every effort to stop them.
    — we have this republican as governor for a reason– REPUBLICANS DIDN’T WANT A SOCIALIST RUNNING THIS STATE — so why now any of this garbage?

  • Frankie M.

    November 2, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Sounds like DeSantis is tired of politics. Time for him to take an early retirement.

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