Gobble, gobble: Ron DeSantis serves up Thanksgiving prices as fundraising pitch
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Rising gas prices and inflation are costing Floridians, but DeSantis is asking for their money.

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ re-election campaign is serving up the inflation issue as a pitch for donations this holiday season, pointing to soaring prices of Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings.

“Thanks to the disastrous policies of Joe Biden and his Leftist allies, Americans this week will experience the most expensive Thanksgiving IN HISTORY. Record-high gas prices, skyrocketing inflation, and a worsening supply-chain shortage –– all putting the squeeze on hardworking families during the holiday season,” asserted an email, featuring an essay purportedly written by the Governor himself.

DeSantis closed with a flourish.

“As you’re going to fill up your gas tank and see the highest prices in years, you can thank Joe Biden. But just remember, Governor DeSantis is answering the call and help is soon on the way,” the email reads, referring to the Governor’s announcement that he intends to urge the Florida Legislature to pause the state’s 26.5 cent tax on gasoline for a series of months, savings that will come at the expense of more than $1 billion dollars in state revenue.

DeSantis led off the week with press conferences at gas stations in Daytona and Jacksonville, flanked by lawmakers presumably supportive of the proposal. Touting his frequent visits to gas stations, DeSantis said the rise in gas prices mirrors a concomitant jump in consumer prices.

“Man, this inflation is real, and we need to do something about it,” DeSantis said, noting rising prices are a “huge problem” for “blue-collar” and “people on fixed incomes.”

While inflation is indeed a concern for blue-collar Floridians, it hasn’t hurt DeSantis’ donations.

His campaign account just started raising money this month, but he had nearly $63 million on hand in his Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee as of Oct. 31.

Political watchers eagerly anticipate the first filing for the campaign account, due Dec. 10 for November financial activity.

A.G. Gancarski

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 [email protected]


22 comments

  • PeterH

    November 22, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    If you can’t afford the fuel for your vehicle….. maybe you shouldn’t be owning a vehicle. Take the bus!

    Reply

    • Jack Brandz

      November 24, 2021 at 2:01 am

      PeterH is such a caring guy. If a landlord suddenly raised his tenets rent by $10,000/mo, he’d call the tenets leechers, vagrants and help the landlord toss their stuff out the window.

      After all, if you can’t afford a manipulated shift in home pricing, you probably shouldn’t be living in one. Go to a shelter!

      Your idiocy and lack of empathy knows no bounds dude. Just take the L and stop talking so much.

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      • Jack Brandz

        November 24, 2021 at 2:04 am

        tenants… dang non-contextual spellcheck

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      November 24, 2021 at 3:54 pm

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    • Tom

      November 24, 2021 at 10:04 pm

      Diversionary tactics peter h, the weasel will not work.

      Joe Biden cannot escape destroying the Trumpian economy.

      There is not not one issue that Biden/Harris are on the right side on.
      They are totally out of step on every key issue. It’s a total rejection.

      Only the Lincoln Org is worse.
      Peter H you are a fool, total waste product.

      Gobble, Gobble

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      • Concern Citizen

        November 27, 2021 at 11:39 am

        Tom, tell us exactly how Biden’s Policies have caused inflation and higher gas prices. Also, it is interesting that these increases now exist in virtually in every countries economies.

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        • FP Monitor

          November 27, 2021 at 11:44 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.

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          • Concern Citizen

            November 27, 2021 at 12:34 pm

            Do you think that Tom is actually Christina Pushaw?

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  • Brandon B

    November 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    PeterH – What an elitist condescending thing to say. Should we stop buying food since inflation continues to cause prices to rise? You and your democrat friends are true morons.

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    • PeterH

      November 22, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      If you can’t afford food ….. get in line at the welfare office or food bank. Seriously….. if you can’t afford to maintain your vehicle…. Maybe you should have one.

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      • Tom

        November 22, 2021 at 9:32 pm

        Go scratch you towel boy.
        You h are a fool.
        You are a child like tjb, oceans 11, and alex who may have flipped the lid.

        Lots of nerve by u peter h to arrogantly and rudely suggest what anyone should have.

        Inflation is a 31 year high, is that not concerning.

        My gosh, geez.

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        • PeterH

          November 22, 2021 at 11:36 pm

          It’s realistic tough talk! The government in a free enterprise market economy DOES NOT INTERCEDE IN MARKET PRICES. Nixon tried this socialist intervention with his wage- price freeze and it failed miserably. Businesses were furious and workers didn’t get raises!

          DeSantis likes to mouth off …. just like you……whining about increased pricing ….. but as usual neither of you have a remedy. 15% of Asia is vaccinated. Our economy is intrinsically linked to Asia.

          If you can’t afford a 20% down payment AND the resources to maintain and pay taxes on a home ….. than you might live in a condo if you qualify financially to do so.

          If you can’t afford a condo than you rent an apartment. If you can’t afford an apartment you rent in a trailer park….. with enough savings and working two jobs ….. you might be able to buy a trailer. If you can’t afford any of these ….. you sign up for government housing.

          Same goes for elderly care. People with resources move into assisted living ….. people without move into nursing homes.

          Same thing goes for cars! Buy a bicycle! Take a bus! Same thing goes for food. Economize or get government food stamps.

          Start thinking like a real conservative! Government is designed to improve and furnish infrastructure…. for the good of business and population.

          If you want to advance yourself and your family ….. get an education!

          Welcome to free market capitalism.

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          • Jack Brandz

            November 24, 2021 at 2:38 am

            PeterH is like Trump. He has the good words. The BEST words. He just doesn’t know how to use them. By injecting capital into the monetary supply, the government IS interfering with market prices. Currency is wholly devalued, inflation spikes, and workers see their savings cut overnight, and require raises to keep even for monthly expenses… which isn’t happening at the rate of inflation.

            Even your examples are disingenuous. My mortgage is fixed, I made the decision on what to buy, based on my income and savings – and a flat payment. Inflation is hitting non-fixed payment systems that impact the poor and small businesses disproportionately more than the middle class, and the middle class disproportionately more than the rich or large corporations (who it doesn’t really impact in any meaningful way).

            Let’s take an extremely “inflated” example so maybe you can fathom. You have rent of $1400/mo. Let’s say you go to renew tomorrow and the rental office says that to renew, the cost is now $5600/mo… and the situation is the same everywhere else you go. Are you suddenly a vagrant who should go “get an education” because you haven’t appropriately bettered yourself? (While living in a homeless shelter, because you can no longer afford anything, no less). The rent example is extreme… but not unprecedented. Countries like Greece, Germany, Venezuela, China, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, among many others have seen prices double within a month’s time. Most within the last few decades. Does Venezuela’s population deserve to be called uneducated vagrants because their daily salary which could buy a few meals in the morning, is worth less than a stick of bubble gum by day’s end?

            I know it hurts the brain to think more than one-step ahead, but the real world is chess, not checkers man.

      • Tom

        November 23, 2021 at 7:48 am

        You are demented peter h.
        Highly offensive and totally incorrect.
        I am familiar of wage and price controls, that was initiated by the reckless federal spending by Nixon and Congress. Which we have now once again.

        Who do you think you are? To pass judgement on anyone else, you little weasel punk!

        DeSantis and or I are not whining.
        Inflation is a cruel tax upon the less fortunate. You and your advocacy of far left extremism has brought the economy to this state. The higher prices inflation hurts the poor, they don’t have disposable income you fool. Those are the people you along with the idiot squad extremists claim wanting to help.

        Are you kidding me. You have been advocating all this govt spending, now you claim fiscal conservatism and personal accountability.

        Spare me you hypocrite. Reread your comments, you owe an apology to less fortunate. What a are you, an inheritance grandchild.

        Now you want to express conservative Principals of free market, fiscal accountability and personal choice. That’s all you babble bout is vaccine. More people died under Potus 46 then 45.

        Your fake hate for Trump has brought Biden/Harris and economic ruin. This is transformational re alignment economically.
        50 net seat pick up coming, 6 Senate seats, 40 Govern ships, state legislatures etc. Repub.Renaissance coming to the likes of you and your predator Lincoln org.

        Peter H you are the village idiot.

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  • Frankie M.

    November 24, 2021 at 10:59 am

    Not the pandemic that led oil companies to shut down production a year ago? This guy really needs to study basic supply & demand.

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    • Tom

      November 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm

      Frankie, go look for Alex.
      Is he ok? You don’t comprehend very well. Oil companies have not shut down. Essential services carry on. The inflation is on Biden/Harris. 57% blame Biden. Trump wins re elect rematch.

      Biden is atrocious, his numbers are in toilet. Giggles is totally over matched.
      He’s achieved nothing.
      DeSantis is the best Gov.
      America’s Governor.

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      • Frankie M.

        November 25, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        It’s funny that you think inflation all of a sudden happened when Biden became president. Oil companies ramped down production a year ago due to the pandemic and it’s not as easy as flipping a maga switch despite what Ronnie says. It’s not so cool for both of you to be such jive arse turkeys this close to Thanksgiving.

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        • Tom

          November 25, 2021 at 6:55 pm

          Jive turkey tards like you.
          There is no oil slack in production except for the pipeline elimination by your POTUS #46, Frankie.
          Under POTUS 45, we were producing 13 million barrels a year. Biden/Harris have cut the barrel production 2 million less. Now 11 million US production.

          See this what happens to you tom a tons Manchurians, Soros fed.

          When you watch maddow less on msndc, you get fed fake Russia hoax conspiracy’s. You, Alex, J D, TJB, Charlot, red Sonja and your Manchurian class don’t know anything. 46 still doesn’t have a FDA commish. How can that be? More people perished under this potus 46, compared to 45 in 20. Just Awful.

          He’s upside down on every issue of note. He’s upside down in 40 states. That’s blue states too.

          DeSantis can defeat #46 or giggles Harris. LMAO, 46 and team want to dump her!

          You all are clueless. Frankie you are the jackarse, go visit Alex in the recovery center. Say hi.

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  • Tom

    November 26, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Yes Frankie, don’t blame Biden/Harris, they are not to be held accountable. Victims, everyone else’s fault. Not responsible for the excessive spending in March deal or budget.
    Don’t blame Joe.

    Reply

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