Florida Police Benevolent Association endorses Ron DeSantis
Image via AP.

'We have his back and we know he has ours.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out a major endorsement Friday signaling first responders are on board with his reelection.

“We proudly endorse Governor Ron DeSantis for re-election,” said Florida Police Benevolent Association President John Kazanjian.

“He insists that the men and women of law enforcement and corrections be treated with the utmost respect. His ‘Law and Order’ agenda continues to support and defend the citizens of our state amid the vicious attacks against the law enforcement community by the radical segments of our society. We know that he will protect law enforcement officers from the threat of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, while also creating an environment that recruits and retains the best and brightest sworn law enforcement officers our country has to offer. We have his back and we know he has ours,” Kazanjian added.

Indeed, the Governor has shown law enforcement he supports them without reservation.

“Every day, members of law enforcement say goodbye to their families and walk out the door knowing there’s no guarantee they’ll make it home,” DeSantis said. “From day one of my administration, I promised to always Back the Blue and I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Florida’s law enforcement.”

“Unlike many of the liberal cities and states across America that shame police, we’ve created an environment in Florida that supports the women and men who keep our communities safe. From $1,000 bonus checks to banning sanctuary cities and signing the strongest anti-rioting legislation in the country, I have been a fierce advocate for Florida’s police officers. I will continue to stand up for the men and women who risk their lives daily keeping Floridians safe.”

Though it may seem like DeSantis has always enjoyed the unreserved backing of law enforcement, that was not the case in the 2018 Primary.

Sheriffs, for example, overwhelmingly backed Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam over DeSantis. The PBA itself issued a co-endorsement of Putnam and Democrat Gwen Graham in the 2018 Primaries as part of a bipartisan slate of endorsements in statewide races.

“We’re looking for calm,” said the group’s executive director at the time.

The sea change came in the General Election that pitted DeSantis against former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who was painted as anti-police. DeSantis embraced the contrast on his way to victory, garnering endorsements from many of the same police professionals who backed Putnam earlier in the year.

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


  • Impeach Biden

    November 12, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Of course they endorse DeSantis. You want law and order vote DeSantis. If you want riots, looting, and chaos on the streets then vote for the Democrat.

  • Ron Ogden

    November 12, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Naturally. OMG you wouldn’t expect them to endorse a scofflaw like what’s-her-name, or Crist for that matter. Get real.
    Let’s make it clear: with the Biden-induced economic turmoil and the political-sexual-social extremism that is rampant and will only increase ahead of the next presidential election, we’re going to need our police on the streets like never before and they are going to have to know that the government has their backs. So they did the smart thing.

    • Ocean Joe

      November 12, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      Where was all this tough talk when a white, Trump inspired mob attacked our Capitol building and overran the police protecting it? If nutso runs again, loses again and lies about it again, will you stand with the police or will you stand with the mob like you did last time (based on your prior comments)?

  • Tom

    November 12, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Oh geez Joe. Really, is that the best you got.
    Come on man!

    This is state review, not congressional D.C.
    of course you would go there. They don’t support that.

    No doubt, America’s Governor deserves their support. The people’s Gov.
    DeSantis the best!

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, Renzo Downey, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Kelly Hayes, Joe Henderson, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Gray Rohrer, Aimee Sachs, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Andrew 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