Kiyan Michael’s ‘Brandon’ ad spotlights personal story, Ron DeSantis endorsement

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The DeSantis endorsement becomes central in HD 16 race.

House District 16 Republican candidate Kiyan Michael is finally on television, with a new ad buy from her political committee spotlighting a family tragedy, her resilience in its wake, and the backing of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The Friends of Kiyan Michael political committee released the spot, titled “Brandon”on Friday. In a release, the committee explains that the :30-second spot “highlights Gov. DeSantis’ endorsement and details the tragic death of Kiyan’s son, Brandon, who was killed in a car crash by a twice-deported illegal alien in 2007.”

The campaign asserts that “the ‘Angel Mom’ is turning her grief into action, standing with Gov. Ron DeSantis and President (Donald) Trump to secure the border, keep Florida safe, and put America first.”

The advertisement recalls the tragic death of Brandon Michael, closing with four words: “Angel Mom. America First.”

DeSantis endorsed Michael in July, to the consternation of her two Primary opponents. He said she stood with him in the “fight against illegal immigration,” then backed up those words with a $50,000 donation two days later from his political committee.

Michael has had the smallest budget of any of the candidates, with endorsements and establishment donations going to her two opponents, both white men and political veterans. Between her campaign account and her political committee, she had roughly $90,000 on hand as of July 29, the last date for which records are available.

While the DeSantis $50,000 donation was significant, a $50 donation from the “estranged” sister of Primary opponent Lake Ray became news this week, highlighting family fissures.

Ray represented HD 12 from 2008 to 2016. He had roughly $150,000 on hand as of the most recent numbers reflecting pre-July 29 activity between his campaign account and the A Stronger Florida for Us political committee.

Chet Stokes has been the cash leader throughout this race, and he is well-positioned for the stretch. He had nearly $265,000 on hand through July 29 between his campaign account and his political committee, Strengthening Florida’s Future. He loaned his campaign $50,000 in the week before July 29, and has put in $250,000 of his own money so far.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elliott Offen

    August 5, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    Neo nazi, anti immigration propaganda. Their rich overlords don’t wanna pay people to work anymore so this is the result. Far right propaganda to dumb down the conservatives so that they can’t see that EVERYONE is being grifted to a husk by the rich hogs. GOP sole existence is to shovel money to the rich and the fallouts are shoveled into prison. Lady Liberty is now a rich woman. There are shovels in both hands. One for shoveling money to the rich and the other to shovel people to prison. It’s all over folks…all over.


    August 6, 2022 at 9:59 pm


  • Joe Nordt

    August 8, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    The first two messages are from Soro’s morons, that doesn’t have anything to do but go to conservative sites and blast buls–t.
    Vote for Kiyan.

    • Ann

      August 8, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Former friend of the Michaels

    August 17, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I’ve known Kiyan for many years also being a Navy wife and used to call her a friend. I watched as Bobby and Kiyan raised their children, and they lost my respect and friendship seeing how their children turned out. Unlike Kiyan I had to work while my husband frequently deployed with my children growing up in daycare. Kiyan was a full time mother, and her children are a direct reflection of their parents. Kiyan uses Brandon’s story as her main reason for running, but there’s more to that story. Brandon was a convicted criminal, arrested for trespassing with a concealed firearm. And interesting that her other children aren’t mentioned, with their felonies. There were more than a few questionable looks as different vehicles would appear in the driveway as soon as the ship was underway… but we never asked questions about their marriage. Kiyan couldn’t keep her own house in order, and is trying to convince you that she’s ready. I still remember seeing that Clinton/Gore bumper sticker on her minivan. She lost my trust years ago, and I hope others see through her deception today! Stop misleading people about who you are! – wife of Senior Chief S.W.

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