Florida Watch, Progress Florida launch ‘DeSantis Watch’
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

'Ron DeSantis cares about one thing and one thing only — himself.'

The Democratic nominee to take on Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to be determined, but that’s not slowing down efforts by others to see DeSantis’ rising star take an unexpected nosedive in November.

Florida Watch and Progress Florida are teaming up to launch what they’re calling DeSantis Watch, a project of their joint Florida Communications and Research Hub. The effort is pitched as a rapid-response opposition research generator, focusing on “the failures of Gov. Ron DeSantis to improve the lives of the people of our state while he remains focused on his future political ambitions,” according to a statement on the project.

DeSantis Watch is supposed to be a kind of full-court press on everything negative about the man dubbed “America’s Governor,” involving not just research, but digital content creation, paid digital advertising, and social media and email campaigns.

“Ron DeSantis cares about one thing and one thing only — himself,” DeSantis Watch Communications Director Anders Croy said in a statement.

“DeSantis Watch is here to hold the Governor accountable for his focus on policies that help him raise money from out-of-state billionaires and corporate donors at the expense of Floridians who are doing everything right but can’t afford the freedom of a roof over their heads or access to quality health care. We refuse to let Ron DeSantis continue using the people of Florida as stepping stones on his climb up the political ladder.”

Whoever comes out of the Democratic Primary is going to need all the help they can get. Conventional wisdom among prognosticators is that this is a Republican wave year, and DeSantis is expected to enter the General Election race with a significant cushion.

If they wanted to get on the Governor’s radar quickly, they apparently did, with DeSantis Communications Director Lindsey Curnutte as one of DeSantis Watch’s first 50 Twitter followers.

Wes Wolfe

Wes Wolfe is a reporter who's worked for newspapers across the South, winning press association awards for his work in Georgia and the Carolinas. He lives in Jacksonville and previously covered state politics, environmental issues and courts for the News-Leader in Fernandina Beach. You can reach Wes at [email protected] and @WesWolfeFP. Facebook: facebook.com/wes.wolfe


  • Tom

    July 12, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    Crock of Adam Schiff on a stick!

    Right, that’s why he saved kids lives from suicides, keeping schools open. How about moms and dads, working and having a happy quality of life. How about jobs, 3.0 Florida unemployment and opportunity to work. How about the states financial reserves, $21 billion reserved. Lake O environment and water protection. Just to name a few.

    Rising tide for all, not a few like Biden/Harris.

  • Beth

    July 12, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Truer words were never spoken. DeSantis will do or say anything for money or power. He has not addressed one real issue or done anything to help this state or its citizens. Just like trump he only knows how to sow chaos and discord.
    Many people go into politics to make our states and country better for everyone by addressing real issues to improve lives. That’s the type of leader we need. Enough of DeSantis and his ilk, time to find a decent human being who is motivated by more than blind ambition and self promotion. We deserve so much better.

    • Baggaballs

      July 12, 2022 at 10:01 pm

      Are you stupid? This man singlehandedly stopped this Democrat destruction in FL! Low unemployment, kids back at school everything open 21 billion in reserves! You would have to be a complete moron to say he’s done nothing!! My guess is your not from Florida so your frre to get the fu#k out

  • PeterH

    July 12, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Florida can do better than this divisive DeSantis cultural warrior. Vote him into retirement.

    • Baggaballs

      July 12, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Says the libtard letting grown men in the ladies room! I hear cali calling your name please go there!

      • Sammy

        July 13, 2022 at 11:04 am

        ^ Possible far right terrorist. Email DHS and FBI…

  • Sammy

    July 13, 2022 at 11:05 am

    DeSantis collaborated with ISIS to bomb US convoys in Iraq….also raped a dead cat. Vote Crist for governor…

  • tom palmer

    July 13, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Amerika’s Governor, indeed. Hubris may rule in the end. He fell short in many ways.Pity.

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