Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner endorses Ron DeSantis’ re-election bid
Dave Kerner gives the thumbs-up to Ron DeSantis' re-election. Image via the Sun-Sentinel.

Dave Kerner
Gov. DeSantis has made provoking the opposition party part of his signature style, but at least one elected Democrat doesn't mind.

Given the way he routinely bashes their party’s standard-bearer, courting Democrats doesn’t appear to be on Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ to-do list. But his campaign is nevertheless announcing he’s got at least one Democrat in his corner.

Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner David Kerner threw his weight behind the Governor’s bid for re-election at an event at the Police Benevolent Association, Team DeSantis said in a news release.

Kerner, who was a member of the City of Alachua police force, cited DeSantis’ support for law enforcement in the statement provided to the press. Kerner, who will reach the limit of his term on the County Commission in 2024, has served as County Mayor, most notably during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Endorsing Governor DeSantis was the obvious choice,” Kerner’s Tuesday statement read. “Job number one of a Governor is to keep our residents safe. No one does that better than Governor DeSantis.”

DeSantis is up against Democrat Charlie Crist in the race for the Governor’s Mansion that concludes with November’s General Election.

Kerner is said to have his eye on running for Palm Beach County Sheriff. The current holder of that office, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, has been absent from work for a substantial part of this year because of health issues that started in April. A spokeswoman said that the Sheriff has returned to work.

The announcement that Kerner endorsed DeSantis did not go over well with at least one of his fellow elected Democrats.

“I don’t have much to say except that I’m very disappointed,” said Sen. Tina Polsky, who has introduced legislation trying to rein in DeSantis’ executive excesses.

Tuesday’s release also had DeSantis’ words for Kerner. In his statement, DeSantis bashed “the Left’s anti-police movement.”

“We are focused on protecting victims and not coddling criminals, and no one knows that better than Dave, who served Florida’s communities,” DeSantis’ statement read. “Commissioner Kerner knows first-hand the threat of the Defund the Police movement and understands the important role that our local law enforcement officers play in keeping Florida safe.” 

From daily bashings of President Joe Biden’s initiatives to flying migrant asylum-seekers to blue states, DeSantis gets on Fox News regularly and has become known nationally for trying to provoke the opposition party.

Palm Beach County has been in the Governor’s crosshairs for how the School Board required students to come to school wearing masks during the COVID-19 outbreak in defiance of DeSantis’ executive order on that.

Also, DeSantis was sued for slow-walking the Special Election to replace Rep. Omari Hardy, who resigned his legislative seat to run for the congressional office vacated when U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings died in office. The delay in scheduling a Special Election meant the Palm Beach County district had no representation in the Legislature until the very end of this past Session.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


13 comments

  • Tom

    September 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    This is the underlining story that media in Florida ignore. DeSantis will pull in ip to 20% Dems vote support.

    Reply

    • PeterH

      September 20, 2022 at 8:26 pm

      Wingnut statement without proof!

      Republicans are America’s Problem!

      VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!

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      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 9:02 pm

        Wait and see!

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        • Fat Cammack

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  • PeterH

    September 20, 2022 at 8:23 pm

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  • David in Shoreline

    September 20, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Florida is finally going to have a blowout gubernatorial election. Governor DeSantis is going to enjoy an breezy stroll along the well kept path to his second term. But don’t think he’ll become complacent – no other Governor works so hard for his constituents.

    Reply

  • Toni Rosenberg

    September 21, 2022 at 2:48 am

    Not a person or morals and backbone. Hitch a ride on the horse he thought would win.
    De Santis is going to loose , court cases, cattle innocent people to a state and pushing them around like hitler did. Im in total shock and that had to b a better way.
    Im ashamedl they are women and children! Not all good people but we need to help the good ones, jail the bad. Hitler tactics.

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    • cc

      September 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      Oh please…give it up. He’s a winner and true leader!

      Reply

    • Suz

      September 24, 2022 at 9:20 am

      You are hysterical…….loose? Can’t spell either. Anyone who votes for the anti-Christ, Crist…..there aren’t enough words to describe them.

      Reply

  • Phil Morton

    September 21, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Not a big surprise here. Kerner is the Kimberly Daniels of south Florida.

    Reply

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