Evan Jenne: Ron DeSantis’ political calculus is fit for 2024 bid
Evan Jenne. Image via Florida House.

Democrats and reelection aren't the number one thing between DeSantis and the 2024 GOP nomination.

House Democratic Co-Leader Evan Jenne is giving Gov. Ron DeSantis props for making the right moves as he vies for reelection — and The White House.

“The Governor’s political calculus has been pretty accurate,” Jenne told reporters Monday.

The first-term Republican Governor, who faces reelection next year, has been a rising star in the GOP and a possible front-runner in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary. However, DeSantis has steadfastly denied he’s eyeing the presidency.

So far, DeSantis has done a good job holding his base together for 2022 and 2024, said Jenne, who’s now serving his seventh term in the House. DeSantis also has done a magnificent job picking wedge issues to generate support from the working class, Jenne added.

“He’s running for President right now,” Jenne said. “I don’t know why people are ashamed of that fact and why people that view themselves as a potential presidential candidate view that as a bad fact.”

DeSantis has traveled to Utah, New Jersey, Texas and more in recent months. On Friday, he’ll be in San Francisco for another fundraiser.

“When you’re the Governor of Florida, not many of your constituents can be found in Salt Lake City,” Jenne said. “It’s one thing if you’re going on a ski trip or you want to go hiking down in Arches. That’s one reason. I’m all for that. I would encourage everybody to get out there and do that. It’s good for your soul. But that’s not why he was flying out to Utah.”

DeSantis also hasn’t been afraid to chime in on the national narrative and frequently throws punches at Democratic President Joe Biden. The White House, and sometimes Biden himself, has entertained verbal sparring with the Governor.

Despite DeSantis grabbing better favorability ratings in Florida than Biden, the President would win a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, according to recent polling.

DeSantis’ latest line of attack against Biden has been on inflation and supply chain problems. In a recent fundraising pitch, he called the President ‘the Grinch who stole Christmas‘ over long shipping times that could stack up this holiday season.

The Governor has consistently opposed lockdowns and strict measures that combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Appointing Dr. Joseph Ladapo as Surgeon General earlier this month was a recent move along those lines.

Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has already twice engaged in Twitter beefs with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a gubernatorial candidate and the lone Democrat on the Florida Cabinet, since creating his Twitter account earlier this month.

“I have some real questions about what we’re doing as a state right now,” Jenne said. “Clearly, that is not putting our best foot forward, that is not working together to try to find solutions that work for 22 million people that come from vastly different communities and have vastly different backgrounds.”

The Democratic field challenging DeSantis’ reelection grew one larger Monday when Miami-Dade Sen. Annette Taddeo entered the race. But Taddeo, Fried or U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist halting DeSantis’ political career isn’t the Governor’s greatest political threat, according to Jenne.

“His biggest hurdle to being the Republican nominee at this point is Donald Trump himself if he decides to run,” Jenne said.

With DeSantis atop the 2022 ticket, and because the party in the White House typically sees a backlash in the midterms, Florida Democrats face a tough battle in 2022. Democrats’ lead in voter registration has vanished to less than 24,000 as of August.

To win, Jenne says Democrats need to do better showing that DeSantis’ policies aren’t helping the working class.

“A lot of what’s going on here is clearly geared toward grinding out the middle class, putting the burden on the lowest economic class that we can find, while giving free rein to billionaires to bilk everybody as much as they can,” Jenne said.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at r[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • #FJB

    October 18, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Fuck Joe Biden

  • ScienceBLVR

    October 18, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    You know, every time I see the Fuc* Joe Biden on a bumper sticker, flag, or blazoned across a shirt it is always a male sporting it. Now, personally, I don’t usually express my sexual desires or proclivities out for public consumption, so it amazes me these men are essentially outing themselves as aspiring to have sex with old Joe. I mean he is not a bad looking guy, but these folks are making him seem like he should be on the People magazine’s sexiest man alive instead of Clooney. Come on folks, there are many willing gay men out there. I don’t think you would stand a chance with Joe Biden. But if you really want to Fuc* him, I guess it is up to you. But do you have to tell everyone about your desires???

  • Tom

    October 18, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Governor Ron DeSantis is a whiz kid, 43 year old former naval attorney, asst prosecutor, former star college baseball player, and member of congress.

    Elected against all odds as Governor he has great political acumen and leadership to position himself as America’s Governor.
    Uphill primary and general election wins to his credit.

    He is the second choice and clearly could be the top choice if ex president Trump were not to run.

    He would be the nominee and would defeat lightweight giggles Harris. She is not serious.

    Joe Biden, Jen Psaki and the rest of the incompetent WH kiddie college team have made him a giant in Repub and conservative circles.

    Getting re-elected, making sure his wife recovers and raising his kids are the most important things.

    A run for the presidency is a possibility but time will tell. Regardless, Florida is fortunate to Hsa be him. God Bless him, Casey and family!

  • Jon Hester

    October 22, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Gov. DeSantis continues to perform his duties with excellence. We are fortunate he is our political leader. The defeated, humiliated democratic candidate was another example of the poor vetting process of the DNC. DeSantis’ plate is full with his current work, wife’s cancer battle and three young children.” God Bless” this man and his family! I will continue to pray for and financial support him.

  • Matthew T Geier

    October 22, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    I think it will come down to Trump vs. DeSantis for the 2024 Republican choice for president. I think DeSantis will win because Trump time is gone. He cannot communicate to an audience and I think DeSantis is much more suited for the presidency.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn