Ron DeSantis accepting Statesman of the Year award
Ron DeSantis. Image via Twitter.

The honor has gone to national figures including Donald Trump in recent years.

Gov. Ron DeSantis will swing through Sarasota Friday to pick up his Statesman of the Year award.

The Republican Party of Sarasota honor has gone in past years to an array of national figures, including two-time winner and former President Donald Trump. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott has also earned the award, as have national figures like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. 

The local party in August announced DeSantis as this year’s winner.

“Gov. DeSantis is the most effective and popular Governor in the United States among Republicans and we are thrilled to honor him with this award,” acting Sarasota GOP Chair Jack Brill said at the time.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. A private VIP reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m., with a VIP reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets run from $200 to $500.

The award has often attracted individuals to Sarasota amid talk of presidential ambitions. DeSantis certainly has such rumors swirling about him, as he attends events around the country. But he has stressed his focus is on reelection for Governor next year, though he technically has yet to file.

The political committee Friends of Ron DeSantis raised $5.47 million in September and boasts more than $58.3 million in cash on hand.

The event in Sarasota also serves as the local party’s biggest fundraiser of the year. That’s in part thanks to a high concentration of wealthy donors who live in the coastal Sarasota community.

The Republican Party of Sarasota has become one of the most influential in Florida politics. Republican Party of Florida Chair Joe Gruters led the party for more than a decade. Sarasota County Commissioner Christian Ziegler also serves as vice chair of the state party.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • PeterH

    October 15, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Liz Cheney should be receiving this award!

    • Ron Ogden

      October 15, 2021 at 8:57 am

      You have to be a Republican. Turncoats get some other award. Can’t remember the name. Something like “Haggard Ol’ B— of the Year” or similar.

    • Evan Miller

      October 15, 2021 at 11:59 am

      Her award is Traitor of the Year.

      • PeterH

        October 15, 2021 at 12:18 pm

        Her reward is “conservative patriot of the year” ….. a rare American in today’s GQP!

        • Tom

          October 18, 2021 at 10:07 pm

          Cheney is pathetic.
          She purposefully forgets how much her father was hated by Pelosi and other Dem extremists.

          She is fighting for survival and made a deal with the devil to try to survive.

          Please, patriot of the year, tough ass want a be. She’s a fraud period. Full stop!

          The pathetic haters are all out.
          You are all a joke.

  • Tjb

    October 15, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Is the National Socialist Party of America honoring him with the award?

    • Tom

      October 18, 2021 at 9:59 pm

      tjb You are obsessed with socialism, communism with Russia and China.

      DeSantis served his country, what about you? He’s stood up to those countries and repressive govts.

      Governor Ron is America’s Governor,
      He’s been a great leader of freedom, faith, family, business, Open schools, expanding schools, education to less fortunate, seniors, vaccines per Biden’s HHS, therapeutics, economic development, new jobs, low unemployment, passed teacher salary improvement, and great advocate for environment with solutions.

      He’s a great leader and carries his self with class and dignity.
      To name some.

      • tjb

        October 19, 2021 at 8:55 am

        Tom the bot doesn’t even know what the National Socialist Party of America represents. What DeSantis group is paying you to be a troll Tom?

        • Tom

          October 20, 2021 at 4:41 pm

          You are an idiot,
          You And the rest can’t defend the incompetence of Biden, mcggigles, WH and Jen Wysocki. LMAO.

          What trolling. I provide facts. Political
          Scientist and Presidential scholar.
          Electoral expert.

          Did you find Alex yet, in internet rehab. You are a liar, like water Joe, JD. Frankie, Hoffmann, Lorraine others.

          Don’t give be your BS pal.
          You and your Manchurian cocoon
          Liberals can’t defend anything. See reply to Hamel below.

          You all are pathetic. I love my country.

          Troll my ass.

  • ScienceBLVR

    October 15, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Like Marx said,’ I refuse to join any club that would have DeSantis as a member”. And as far as Republicans go.. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump? To classify them as Republicans is really insulting to true Republicans, like Cheney, Kinzinger, and my mother. What’s next for DeSantis, A Nobel for the highest Covid death rate?

    • Evan

      October 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      You obviously live on Fantasy Island.

    • Tom

      October 20, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      Day dream did believer,
      You wouldn’t be allowed in you traitor
      Who cares what you think, go have towel boy Peter h dry you off. He’s associated with predator org.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    October 16, 2021 at 7:53 am

    I love to see the lefties whistling past the graveyard!

  • Harold Finch

    October 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

    He should be receiving the Jackass Tyrant of the year!! I agree with PetrH, Liz Cheney is the true Stateswoman of the Year!!!

    • Tom

      October 18, 2021 at 10:24 pm

      Finch stole Christmas
      Send reply to tjb
      Cheney is an embarrassment.
      Weasel towel boy PeterH supports predator org Lincoln group.

      • Tom

        October 19, 2021 at 3:09 pm

        Apologize Joe!

  • Ocean Joe

    October 17, 2021 at 11:02 am

    A modern-day Joe McCarthy. Owning the libs, sending cops to Texas, robbing money from Florida school children, ranting about the freedom not to be vaccinated while having been among the first to be vaccinated, he is truly the Republican definition of a statesman.
    If only the failed casino operator would get out of his way.

    • Tom

      October 19, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      Total liar.
      America’s Governor waited til April, his age group he called for under his order.

      HHS acknowledges he correctly focused on seniors. Number one in country getting inoculated.

      Overall due to his leadership Florida has 58% of society inoculated.

      You liar Dum A Dolts have nothing.

    • Tom

      October 19, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Apologize ocean Joe! Waiting

      Weasel peter h., ocean Joe, tjb, non professor, frankie, science day dream believer, Lorraine, Red Sonja, Hoffmann, JD dissertations, Alex socialist, is Alex in internet rehab?
      All of which are liars , all shameful.

      Trump, Trump, Trump.
      Jan 6, Jan 6, Jan 6.
      Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.
      I’ve walked the Covid memorial in DC? Have any of the you Manchurians?
      Can you tom a tons ever discuss any real issues? I know you don’t want to discuss incompetent alzie Joe and giggles, violator of church & state Harris.

      30 plus yr high on inflation.
      Abysmal numbers on abandoning America on border ( Soros open society) and abandoning Americans, allies and afghans in Afghanistan.
      Economy, supply chain, everything is a disaster. Trump looks great now.

      DeSantis the best! Will torch whoever the Dems nominate. HHS affirmed his seniors first and Florida has 58% inoculated. Thanks to Ron.

      Wesel peter is h. Is a liar.
      The US economy brought in over $4 trillion as the tax cuts paid for them selves and it’s the spending “stupid”
      Both sides.

      12 Dem retirements in House already.
      Repubs will pick up 40 house seats
      Get ready for impeachment.

      You guys are a joke!

  • martin

    October 18, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Ron; defines what effective leadership is about!

  • Tom

    October 18, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Total lies total disinformation.
    What a crock, absolutely no Joe McCarthy.

    He’s helped the state under siege cause your Joe has abandoned our border. He’s promoted charter education, expanding scholarships for those who are needy. He been saluted by Biden’s HHS secretary promoting vaccines to Seniors in saving lives.

    Ocean Joe, you are a pathetic liar and need to apologize. Gov Ron waited til seniors and 60 yr olds recd vaccine. He was allowed and encouraged to take it very early on. He deferred.
    You are a rotten pathetic liar, period. You have crossed the line.

    You liberal Dum A dolts are liars.

  • FP Monitor

    October 19, 2021 at 8:59 am

    It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor …… ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

    • Tom

      October 19, 2021 at 3:07 pm

      F P monitor.


  • FP Monitor

    October 19, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor, ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

    • Tom

      October 19, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      FP monitor.

      IF U C K tell her Y O U.

      Every time!

  • FP Monitor

    October 20, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

    • Tom

      October 20, 2021 at 10:45 pm

      F P monitor
      iF U C K , tell her Y OU.

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