Ron DeSantis named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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'While the Beltway crowd may not like his style, it’s his record that will become his legacy.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to make his mark nationally, the latest example being one of the most prestigious placements in mainstream media.

DeSantis, who often decries the legacy, corporate press, was recognized by arguably the prime example of the genre this week, with Time Magazine honoring the first-term Republican Governor as one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2022.

DeSantis, whose calling card has been a legacy of conservative, disruptive reforms, was sympathetically contextualized by a previous Republican Governor known for his own willingness to shake up the status quo.

“While the Beltway crowd may not like his style, it’s his record that will become his legacy,” wrote former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Bush’s blurb supporting DeSantis highlights the Governor’s willingness to carry on despite critics and naysayers.

“During the pandemic, most people stayed home, and those who didn’t probably moved to Florida. Despite relentless criticism, Gov. Ron DeSantis kept schools open, ensured Florida’s economy remained open for business, and allowed individuals to determine their own risk tolerance,” Bush asserted, writing that DeSantis’ approach “works.”

“It’s one that has allowed Florida to emerge from the pandemic as a national model of personal freedom, economic growth, environmental protection, and education excellence.”

Bush extolled Florida’s performance on a number of key metrics, while lauding the Governor’s commitment to environmental reform.

“Florida continues to see record population growth, unemployment remains below the national average, the private sector is growing, and Florida remains a national leader in school choice. On top of that, DeSantis has demonstrated his environmental credentials with major investments to restore America’s Everglades, preserve and expand wildlife corridors, and protect Florida’s precious waterways.”

Critics on the Left will chop this up, but for those who believe DeSantis is the future of the Republican Party, the conservative movement, or both, it’s clear the national media is starting to take notice of Florida’s DeSantis-era public policy approach.

Last updated on May 23, 2022

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


41 comments

  • Tom

    May 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    No surprise, the statement of “disruptive” reforms is hostile. The liberal corporate media is hostile” to a thoughts that are not liberal talking points memo.

    America’s Governor is standing tall and not wincing when pilloried by the left. His profile in courage, as the whiz kid Gov demonstrates his willingness to do what is right in face of scorn.
    JFK would be pleased.

    It’s telling that ex Gov Jen Bush recommended him. Without a doubt, as America’s Governor and with remarkable high achievement, the Governor has had an incredibly successful first term. As JKF would say, a rising tide lifts s ships. In Florida, all people’s are benefiting from his leadership. Rising tide for all, not a few!

    • RonDeSantis sucks

      May 23, 2022 at 5:42 pm

      “Disruptive” doesn’t go far enough. More like “tyrannical”.

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    • Andrew Finn

      May 28, 2022 at 8:14 pm

      Time Magazine huh?? Well, remember that Time Magazine also picked Adolf Hitler as “Man of the Year” in 1938 and then picked Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942. —— Anybody take them seriously ????????????

  • Bill

    May 23, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    That is quite the interesting list in his category (Influential Leaders) – Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Letitia James, Vladimir Putin just to name a few.

  • PeterH

    May 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    DeSantis has spent his entire time in office maintaining a national profile…..with his desire for a seat in the Oval Office. He will never be president. His policies are right wing and radical…..most are failing in court and the court of public opinion. Resulting from failed leadership, per capita, more Florida residents have died of COVID than in California. DeSantis’s “FREEDUMB STATE OF FLORIDA” policies have conformed to the failed states of Alabama and Mississippi….. two States with never ending Republican leadership and the highest rates of bankruptcies in the USA.

  • Tom

    May 23, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Bill Hello, your childish idiocy flows over the cup. Time Magazines list, he was recommended by ex Gov Jeb Bush.
    You don’t have to like it. America’s Gov. is clearly seen as a national leader.

    Just so you know, the Bill Clinton, Obama, Hillary, J Kerrey and now Biden foreign policy towards Russia, has led us to this sad and dangerous situation.

    America’s Governor is clearly the new generation leader, Dems and Corp liberal media know that.

    Spate us your cheap and petty attacks

    • Andrew Finn

      May 28, 2022 at 8:17 pm

      Hey Tom —– People also should remember Time Magazine picking Adolf Hitler as “Man of the Year'” in 1938 and then Joseph Stalin in both 1939 and 1942. So much for Time !!!!

      • Tom

        May 28, 2022 at 10:30 pm

        Finny rin chin.
        La la la
        Wah Wah Wah
        Meaningless babble.
        That’s your libtard media.
        Really? All u Manchurian haters repeat same Soros talking points.
        You have a collective mental breakdown with America’s Gov recognition.
        Get used to to it. No stopping America’s Gov.

  • robh693

    May 23, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Don’t know what planet you are from but Floridian’s, by and far, love Desantis. And you ignorant comment that Florida’s COVID death rate is higher than California’s fail’s to take into account that Florida, per capita, has an extremely high senior citizen population, you know, the ones most susceptible to the virus. And there was a part of his life when he apparently wasn’t prepping for a presidential run because he was in the Middle East as a member of the military. But don’t let facts muddy your already muddy mind.

    • Tom

      May 23, 2022 at 8:45 pm

      Robb, Pete h is a Lincoln predator Org locker room towel boy.

      DeSantis is America’s Governor!
      People support him cause he’s true to conservative and Republican agenda
      A workhorse not a show horse.
      Dems, and Corp media know he’s the real deal. His unbelievable success is recognized as the very best Gov in country.

      Dems don’t have a chance vs him.
      He will get re elected and after that everything is possible. Peter h does not know anything. He’s part of the Lincoln FP relationship.

      DeSantis, do for America what you have done for Florida. A rising tide for all, not a few like Dems. Florida Unemployment is at 3.0%, down from 3.2%. 57,000 new jobs reported last month.

      Florida thanks to America’s Gov number 1.

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 23, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    All I can say is, “Gag me with a spoon on this one!” Who’s with me?

    • Tom

      May 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      Dumb ass misbeliever. Wah
      You don’t even know who was Potus when the depression came.

      Truth hurts you, facts are funny things: 3.0% unemployment. 57,000 newjobs. 8.7% job growth, #3 USA.
      $21 billion in state revenue reserves
      Best public school voucher program, Poor and minorities. And on.

      You are clueless, helpless and hapless misbeliever. So ignorant. America’s Gov whizzes on you too. You got Biden’s 36% approval. He’s a 1000 Pd weight. No chance.

      DeSantis rising tide for all, Not a few like Dems. Enjoy.

      • Fact Checker

        May 27, 2022 at 7:47 pm

        Ha, those funds are from the federal pandemic funds that DuhSantis literally stole to reallocate for HIS cause and not what the extended use was. Most RED states stole that money. Funny how they didn’t give backs that money if it was going to be used for it’s intended purpose. Even still it doesn’t even come close to California’s $45 billion surplus. Florida’s unemployment rate is in line with the national average. BUT, the majority of those jobs are low paying minimum wage jobs unlike California. Your boy Orange Man never got out of the 30’s for approval ratings.

        • Tom

          May 28, 2022 at 6:19 pm

          Full of Adam Schiff un checked fake moniker!

          Florida is 3.0 unemployment, 8.7 wage growth, $21 billion in state sales tax revenues. Btw, federal dollars don’t have a name on it!

          Save it you liar! I am FP legend. I suffer Manchurians easily!

          America’s Gov the best! Wins easily!
          He Saved Florida! Even for perks like u.

    • John Butler

      May 30, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Me

  • Ron

    May 24, 2022 at 3:42 am

    Time also named hitler and Stalin as man of the year. No one takes time magazine seriously lol

    DeSantis’ only influence is gravitational, he’s as big as an elephant. Florida might elect a fat governor but America will NEVER elect a fat man president. Just ask Chris Christie!!

  • Jake

    May 24, 2022 at 3:46 am

    I love how kemp and Abbott are bringing huge jobs and auto plants to their states but DeSantis keeps picking fights with cruise lines and Disney, the lifeblood of his state. Pure idiocy. Money republicans will never get behind the meth madness that prevails in Florida.

    • Tom

      May 24, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Jake, Your right idiot, Biden Harris have caused economic despair to America.

      America’s Governor, Gov Ron has brought economic revival to Florida!
      3.0 unemployment. Rising tide for all, not a few like Dums!

      Manchurian Losers!

      • Tom

        May 27, 2022 at 8:12 am

        Jake clueless, Florida’s manufacturing one of tops in country. Over 4,500 new jobs added. Florida’s workforce development one of best under America’s Gov.

        • Fact Checker

          May 27, 2022 at 7:50 pm

          That’s a lie. Florida’s main employment is the low wage hospitality industry. DuhSantis didn’t bring high tech jobs here, NASA did.

          • Tom

            May 28, 2022 at 6:58 pm

            Full of Adam schiff pal!
            Shove it through pie hole.
            No one says anyone gets credit for jobs. DeSantis and other Govs like Scott have encouraged a strong jobs environment. Florida has over 400,000 manufacturing jobs.
            New 4,500 were the states numbers, moron. $21 billion is state sales tax, tourism and real estate travelers tax. Florida is over $700, million a month.
            Florida is the hot market thanks to America’s Gov. you are clueless.
            How stupid are you? Schiff brains.
            LMAO

          • Tom

            May 28, 2022 at 8:35 pm

            Fact less non checker.
            No lies just truth.
            I am legend!
            DeSantis is America’s Gov!

            Manufacturing rocks Florida with
            Over 400,000 jobs in state. Companies love Florida, not just 400,000 nasa jobs. R u ignant.
            Do some research instead of Dem Soros talking points.

            Facts:
            3.0% unemployment, top 12.
            8.7% wage growth, Florida third in USA. $21 billion in state reserves, due to Florida sales, tourism and real estate tax.

            You gotta get up early and stay up late with me in factual non Checker!
            LMAO America’s Gov, rising tide for all.

          • Tom

            May 28, 2022 at 10:19 pm

            That’s not a lie!
            You are a fake non checker.
            Clueless, Florida’s manufacturing on fire. Unemployment is 3.0%, 8.7% wage growth.
            America’s Gov. # 1.

          • Tom

            May 29, 2022 at 7:29 am

            Hardly, u non facts, no checker.

            Manufacturing jobs growth now is bout 450,000 jobs and with factories are all over the state. Florida is this State example. Unemployment is 3.0%. Jobs, freedom, liberty, opportunity. Rising tide for all!
            America’s Gov the best!

          • John Butler

            May 30, 2022 at 3:59 pm

            There are lots of Tech and Medical jobs coming to Tampa and it’s not by DeSantis. Tampa is very Blue

    • Tom

      May 27, 2022 at 7:57 am

      Totally ignorant, Jake a joke.
      Florida’s manufacturing is one of the very highest in country. Over 4,500. jobs in manufacturing were added to the employment past month. Florida hosts some of the top manufacturing companies. The continued investment in workforce employment for technical workers led by Govs efforts pay off. Overall 350,000 jobs in the manufacturing Florida’s workforce.
      So be quiet idiots.

    • Tom

      May 27, 2022 at 8:05 am

      Jake clueless, as
      Florida’s manufacturing one of tops in country. 4,500 new high tech manufacturing jobs added last month.
      Manufacturing booming in Florida. With the states skilled education program , with workforce development producing employees through local sponsored state programs.
      Florida’s unemployment at 3.0 %, helping lead country. Typical idiocy from Jake,

    • Tom

      May 27, 2022 at 8:35 am

      Clueless jake.
      Florida’s manufacturing model of state growth. 4,500 new manufacturing jobs. Workforce development in Florida a very strong program.
      You have no idea what you say.
      America’s Gov!

  • ScienceBLVR

    May 24, 2022 at 6:49 am

    Wrong again, Tommy boy. Of course I know about Hoover “Prosperity is right around the corner” Stock market crash was 1929 and even some of the dummies on this site know the Great Depression is associated with the1930s. Such a whiny little gnat you are. Legend? More like Looney…

    • Tom

      May 24, 2022 at 8:15 am

      You are mental.
      Hoover was blamed for not fixing it til the 70’s. Hoover refused the FDR approach as America was total free enterprise, no gov. involvement. FDR changed gov. and society forever. It’s called transformational.

      Shut the hell up, you panty licker misbeliever. Clueless, no one said it didn’t impact the 30’s. FDR didn’t take office until March of 33. Are you kidding me. The food lines are legendary in the late 20’s, and 30’s.

      Go lick some panties you dumb ass misinformation non historian. Total Manchurian.

      You are not in my league, I am the FP legend. Period, full stop.

      America’s Governor wipes the floor with you fools, daily. It’s well documented. Enjoy

  • Tom

    May 24, 2022 at 7:07 am

    Wah, Wah Ron and Jake. Just suck your thumbs, Sound like a bunch of 5 yr old jealous babies.

    Florida has a top 10 economy across the board.
    DeSantis saved Florida during Covid, it is now positioned in great shape.

    3.0% unemployment. 8.7% wage growth, and $21 billion in state reserves, with investment in its police, teachers, first responders and peoples. Schools education number 1. Best school voucher program in USA. Helping poor and minorities.

    DeSantis is America’s Governor for all, rising tide for all, not a few like Dems.

    • Tom

      May 24, 2022 at 8:23 am

      Misbeliever is clueless.
      FDR didn’t take office til March of 33.
      Hoover was blamed by Dems til the 80’s. Clueless historian you are. Hoover had 3 plus years of the depression. Food lines are legendary throughout. Hoover was all private sector, he wanted no gov interference.

      You are not on my level, I am the legend of FP.

      America’s Gov wipes the floor with you Manchurians.

      • ScienceBLVR

        May 24, 2022 at 10:15 am

        Sorry Tomb, wrong again.. look up the Great Depression and see if it says it happened in the 1920s.. that is what you wrote in your post and you were wrong as usual. You are right that I am certainly way way above your level cognitively and empathetically.

        • Tom

          May 24, 2022 at 11:56 am

          I said it started under Hoover.
          You are mental and a misinformation mis believer! FDR was elected to fix the depression, that started under Hoover. Go F yourself you mental moron Manchurian.

          To be clear, Biden is the worst Potus since Hoover’s depression.
          DeSantis has saved Florida, the peeps know it in all the ways I’ve articulated.
          3.0% unemployment, 8.7% wage growth, $21 billion in reserves! Just a few facts.

          As for you mis believer, you are a sack of Adam Schiff in a Nancy Pelosi nanny sack. Btw , your Russia hoax lies have been proven in federal court, Hillary the felon. You are a ass wipe, and anything but empathetic.
          Whiz kid Giv whizzes join you daily! He don’t miss. LMAO, America’s Gov the best!

  • Ocean Joe

    May 24, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Even a bad influence, when strong enough, must be considered influential. He deserves to be on the list.

    • Tom

      May 24, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Save it joe!
      I’ll let loose on you next.
      Time assembled the list.
      Jeb recommended him.
      It’s a long list of various officials

  • Bill Nash

    May 24, 2022 at 11:28 am

    “It’s one that has allowed Florida to emerge from the pandemic as a national model of personal freedom, economic growth, environmental protection, and education excellence.” I think this really means: personal freedom as long as it is what DeSantis wants. He may have Florida fooled but many can see that he is an angry culture war monger whose lust for a seat in the Oval Office blinds him to human decency. He and his GQP followers are a big part of what is wrong with our country right now. Stay in FL.

    • Tom

      May 24, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Nash as in trash!
      America’s Gov the best!

  • PeterH

    May 26, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Right up there with the Kardashians!

    • Tom

      May 27, 2022 at 8:09 am

      Wah the child peter h.
      DeSantis kicking Dums ass. Jealous, petty and clueless you are.
      America’s Gov! Rising tide for all.

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