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Governor Eskamani? Progressive lawmaker not ruling it out

New challenger for Gov. DeSantis?

Potential Democratic challengers to Gov. Ron DeSantis have not officially announced yet for 2022, but one possible opponent may come from the Florida House.

Rep. Anna Eskamani, a legislator from Orlando currently running for reelection in HD 47, acknowledged Thursday that she may be a Yes-kamani when it comes to a running for higher office.

“It’s not something I ever thought of when I was growing up, but I also never thought I would ever run for the Florida House, and build a statewide movement around transparent, authentic, and transformational leadership,” Eskamani told Florida Politics Thursday.

“The energy around me running for Governor is 100% organic and built from the ground up— ignoring it would be ignoring thousands of Floridians who believe in me and it would be a disservice to the people of Florida if I did not take this opportunity seriously.”

An email to supporters from her AnnaForFlorida.com political account suggested enthusiasm for her potential campaign coursed upwards from the grass roots.

Eskamani described a “Facebook group called Draft Anna Eskamani for FL Governor 2022 that was created by advocates from across the state.”

She noted the cohort is “now up to nearly 4,000 members.”

But it’s not just Facebook buzz.

“Earlier this month, both the Tampa Bay Times and the Tallahassee Democrat mentioned me as a potential gubernatorial candidate, too,” Eskamani said.

“The buzz around our potential candidacy has even led to Floridians creating mock logos for us.”

“Now, we’ve obviously got to focus on winning our re-election in 2020 and flipping Florida for Vice President Joe Biden. But being mentioned alongside other potential 2022 gubernatorial candidates is not something I ever expected. It’s incredibly humbling, and is only happening because of the energy so many of you have built around me and our movement. I’m focused on the next three months ahead of us. But I’m excited and hopeful for what lies beyond.”

Eskamani will face a general election against one of two lightly-funded Republicans in November. For local voters, this may be their last opportunity to send her to the House.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Frankie M.

    July 30, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    She’s got my vote. We need some new blood in there. Put Anna & Nikki in a steel cage…last woman standing.

  2. Florida Voice for the Unborn

    July 31, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Rep. Anna Eskamani used to be employed by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s number one abortion provider. Anna is anything but humble. She’s a dangerous pro-abortion fanatic who seems to have an unquenchable thirst for power and delusions of grandeur!

  3. SANDY OESTREICH

    August 1, 2020 at 12:47 am

    First off, nailing anybody as pro-abortion is a bedraggled misnomer. I am not and she is not pro-abortion–that’s a rancid publicity stunt of a label! As you guys well know (above), abortion is none of our or your business and is fairest to leave up to those closely involved…the rest of you go home to find objections to something else to occupy your lives,
    As to the libelous labeling of this candidate with “dangerous fanatic”,and “unquenchable thirst for power and delusions of grandeur”just because she does not turn against this mostly medically-necessary and highly private decision by a person who is unable to care for perhaps yet another unexpected child. If you’ve looked lately beyond the cynical ravings of a few with nothing else to do, but run other’s private decisions, you will see the veil of desperation, worry, and grief. Why you think you have the right to label another person in that VERY private state of mind, I think you should think again. Even in your own family, it’s likely there’s been a closely-secreted abortion. Flatly, it is none of your business. Nor is it Anyone’s! So, find another hobby less clandestine or Christ-like.

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