Casey DeSantis launches Mamas for DeSantis
The DeSantis family. Image via Mamas For DeSantis.

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The group aims to activate 'a million mamas across the state of Florida.'

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of Mamas for DeSantis. The political effort will rally parents in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ parental rights agenda.

“Through the First Lady’s leadership, Mamas for DeSantis will work in partnership with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign as a movement for Florida moms, grandmas, abuelas, nanas and more to get involved in the re-election campaign,” according to a press release reported first by Fox News.

“With the goal of signing up a million mamas across the state of Florida, this initiative will be the largest movement of parents in Florida history.”

A website bills that effort as “The Million Mama Movement.” That’s a lofty goal in a state where just over 8 million voted in the last gubernatorial election, perhaps considering the Mamas usefulness will extend past DeSantis’ 2022 re-election campaign and into a potential presidential campaign for 2024.

The site for Mamas for DeSantis leans heavily on Casey DeSantis’ story. An “about” page, for example, directs to a full biography on the First Lady, a mother of three. It mentions the DeSantises are the first First Family to have a child while living in the Governor’s mansion in more than 50 years. Mamie was born in March 2020. The couple also has two older children: Madison, 5, and Mason, 4.

It also tells the story of Casey DeSantis surviving cancer. She was declared cancer free in February.

On an “Issues” page, the website leans heavily into parents’ rights.

“From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida’s mamas are the backbone of our families and communities — they are on the forefront of fighting for their family’s well-being, safety and prosperity,” the site states. “Thankfully, we have a pro-family leader in Florida who understands this. Gov. DeSantis has spent three and a half years enacting policies in support of our families. Because of his leadership, the Sunshine State has thrived.”

It goes on to say Gov. DeSantis kept schools open for in-person learning during the pandemic, glossing over the fact that in 2020 the state closed down in-school learning in the spring and kept all schools closed through the end of the academic year.

In the 2020-21 school year, Gov. DeSantis said all schools had to make in-person learning available, and most school districts provided in-person and remote options for parents. For the 2021-22 school year, Gov. DeSantis forbade school districts from requiring students to wear masks for any part of the school year, leading to friction with many districts.

The Mamas for DeSantis site also noted DeSantis signed the largest education budget in state history, raising teacher pay and encouraging workforce training programs.

Beyond education, it also discusses public safety issues and stopping local governments from “defunding law enforcement,” as well as investments in the environment including record spending on water restoration.

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]


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  • I lost a bet

    June 26, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Didn’t she die from cancer?

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  • Beth

    June 26, 2022 at 10:22 am

    The name Mamas for DeSantis is the biggest joke ever. DeSantis and his flunkies in the FL legislature treat women like second class citizens and have done everything in their power to strip women of their civil rights. They want to force girls who have been raped or are victims of incest to carry the babies of their attackers. They want to put more guns on the streets to keep the nra money coming in. Moms, especially those with daughters, who support DeSantis needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

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  • marylou

    June 27, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I was really hoping that Casey having cancer would inspire some compassion in the DeSatan family. Looks like it just reinforced ron’s delusion that god is a catholic and that ron’s church should start selling little statues of his smug self.

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  • Jill Hilliard

    July 1, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Governor and his wife are true fighters for this great state of florida and this great country! The Dems are ruining this country. Thank you governor for your hard work and fight for us conservatives.

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