Casey DeSantis invokes her cancer fight to explain ‘who Ron DeSantis is’

Casey RPOF ad
'He was there to pick me off of the ground when I literally could not stand.'

A new ad supporting the re-election campaign of Ron DeSantis features narration from the person who knows him best.

In an emotion-filled new spot released Monday by the Republican Party of Florida, Florida’s First Lady describes the man she knows and loves in ways supporters have never heard before.

The TV and digital ad, “That Is Who Ron DeSantis Is,” features First Lady Casey DeSantis “as she shares with Floridians, for the first time, the behind-the-scenes story of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ support through her battle with breast cancer,” asserted the DeSantis campaign Monday.

The ad is released a year after Mrs. DeSantis’ diagnosis, which kicked off months of recovery and uncertainty for the First Family before her recovery.

“If you want to know who Ron DeSantis really is, when I was diagnosed with cancer, and I was facing the battle for my life, he was the dad who took care of my children when I couldn’t,” Mrs. DeSantis asserted.

“He was there to pick me off of the ground when I literally could not stand. He was there to fight for me when I literally did not have the strength to fight for myself,” she added. “That is who Ron DeSantis is.”

Gov. DeSantis offered updates on the First Lady’s recovery at various points between the diagnosis and the March revelation that she was “cancer-free.”

He spoke of struggling with how much to put in the public eye.

“We’ve talked amongst ourselves,” DeSantis added, “about, ‘OK, she’s a public figure, a lot of people care about her, and a lot of people have been praying for her.’ And that makes a huge difference to us and we really appreciate it.”

“At the same time, it’s a medical issue for the family, which is generally a private thing. So we felt it was important to let people know that she was dealing with it at the outset,” DeSantis continued. “Occasionally people will ask and I’ll provide some updates.”

Despite the efforts of the DeSantises to handle the bulk of treatment without publicity, critics wondered why the Governor was out of the public eye late last year on at least one day he was with his wife. He spoke of that incident earlier this year.

“A lot of these people, some in the media, but a lot of these politicians who you know are trying to get some traction, they said, ‘Oh, he’s out vacationing’ and all this stuff. It turns out we were down in Tampa doing this treatment and it’s not easy to go through for her and it’s certainly not fun to watch somebody have to go through that, to watch your spouse go through that,” DeSantis said.

See the new ad below.

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


63 comments

  • Fat Cammack

    October 10, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Vote for me babydoll. I’ll strip naked, sit in gravy, and then give you a bare assed, monster face sit! 🍩💋

  • Hope

    October 10, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    A touching tribute from the Florida First Lady, Casey DeSantis… Sometimes you just have to take a moment and enjoy the goodness and grace and consider the moment a blessing. The Best First Lady in America!

    • Fat Cammack

      October 10, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      You sound like a North Korean parade attendee babydoll. Don’t forget to vote for me! I just might throw in a picture of me greasy gargantuan ass cheeks..bare ass!!!💋

  • Mr. Haney

    October 10, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    I could care less what DeSantis wife has to say since she isn’t running for office. Why do Republican cowards need to use their wives, mothers, and anything other than their own words to get elected?

    • M Miller

      October 10, 2022 at 4:42 pm

      Yeah, the democrats need the women to actually guide them off/on stage (Biden) and Michelle Obama was more a president than her husband. Republicans and middle democracts have family values and aren’t socialists/communists like the far left. Wake up!!!

      • Joe Corsin

        October 10, 2022 at 10:12 pm

        👆 White trash scum bum

      • DAN

        October 13, 2022 at 9:17 am

        What are you smoking? Or is it simply from believing far right BS?

    • Linda Showalter

      October 11, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      Exactly! I think it’s very low. I’m glad she survived but I have only disrespect for her doing this ad.

  • Beverly Krause

    October 10, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Govenor Ron Desantis is the best Govenor we have had in Florida, he love the state, the people and he backs us as a good governor should. God bless him and his family. We need Ron Desantis as our govenor others that had that position did not for us. Don’t vote for them again. Ron Desantis is the best Governor in the United States. Thank God Florida has him. He fights for us.

    • Phyllis

      October 11, 2022 at 4:14 am

      You sound like. Meth addict!!!

  • Frankie M.

    October 10, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I wonder how many takes it took to get that cry voice just right. Probably one. She’s a pro. Glad Ronnie found a way to exploit his wife’s illness for political gain. Maybe Ron will get a hero cookie or a shiny new medal. He loves medals. Just ask him. He’ll tell you.

    • David in Shoreline

      October 10, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      You are disgusting. God bless the DeSantis family.

      • Charlie Crist

        October 10, 2022 at 10:11 pm

        Disgusting? How many rapes and sexual assaults by Trump? How many election crimes? You people gonna riot when they throw slime ball billionaire in jail?

        • Cheryl

          October 14, 2022 at 6:05 am

          Absolutely! BAD move. Disgusting

  • Laurie Bobskill

    October 10, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    “‘He was the dad who took care of my children when I couldn’t,’ she said.”
    So they aren’t *his* children? News flash, sweetie. It’s what fathers do. They don’t get awards for parenting their own kids.

    • Uta Shapiro

      October 11, 2022 at 7:57 pm

      My thought EXACTLY. In my Eyes it was a Waste of Air Time/Money. This little Story had NOTHING to do with what he could do for US and Our State. It was an Anecdote of what a nice Father and Husband he was during a Stressful Time. I’m sorry, but I feel that is a GIVEN, no Need to make an Add from it. Someone wasn’t THINKING here.

      • Cheryl

        October 14, 2022 at 6:08 am

        You Said it. This commercial/ad makes me SICK … what a shame, lost my vote Ron

      • Ann Katz

        October 18, 2022 at 4:51 pm

        👍

    • Perez Nadine

      October 19, 2022 at 7:27 am

      Absolutely true, that’s not who Ron Desantis is, it’s what a husband and father does and if he didn’t stand by his wife then she would have left him in no time. Waste of airtime.

  • ScienceBLVR

    October 11, 2022 at 6:42 am

    How low and crass do you need to be to use your wife’s cancer to pander for a few votes? I would expect nothing less from a man whose policies spurred the deaths of thousands of Floridians with COVID. How about the children with cancer who died while he refused to expand Medicaid funding? So disgusting. As someone who just spent weeks in a radiation oncologist’s office supporting a friend going through treatment, this is about the worst case of narcissism I have seen in this political cycle.

    • Ann

      October 11, 2022 at 10:04 am

      Exactly! And her cancer was early stages. I know because I had breast cancer and early stages. She made it sound like she was dying and she couldn’t pick herself off the floor, etc. Lol!! Her chemo was 3 weeks apart. At best for like 3 days each time she felt under the weather. I did chemo 6 times too (every 3 weeks for each one) I worked during the whole thing. Lolol sorry but this ad is disrespectful to other women whose cancer is and was in later stages where you have chemo often without any recovery time. Back to back. Now that is when you get sick and you really need you family to assist you. I hate it when people use the cancer card to get points and that is exactly what she is,doing with this ad. Gross!! Especially gross when there are other women out there who have a worse prognosis. Eff her and her husband. He ain’t special!

      • Laura

        October 15, 2022 at 11:08 am

        You’re an evil person making fun of somebody’s cancer. Karma is real and hopefully finds you. You liberals are so hateful. Don’t be sad you don’t have a man that loves you. Maybe your cancer was longer and worse cause you’re an evil piece of crap and the world was trying to get rid of you. Everybody’s cancer story is different. Are you that dumb to think every woman will have the same experience??

        • Ann

          October 15, 2022 at 11:23 am

          Nah, I just think it is disgusting to use the cancer card to try to get points and pretend how bad it was when other women out there have truly, truly suffered. Stage 1 is very, very early stages. There is absolutely no reason for her to have to have “picked herself up off the floor”. I was stage 2 and barely felt anything. She is lying about it and I guarantee you that! You just support this degenerate family who have hurt a lot of people. You don’t think it is evil and disgusting for what he did to those immigrants or how he has caused a lot of pain in the LGBQT community and how he is trying to make them subhuman?? Is that a Christian thing to do? Hypocritical! I could go on and on about how he has been blatantly cruel and has targeted certain groups. If you think that is all okay then who is the evil one?

          • Ann

            October 15, 2022 at 11:37 am

            And also your comment is very cruel so before you call someone else out take a look at your own words. Pretty disgusting! So you aren’t hateful??

    • Cheryl

      October 14, 2022 at 6:09 am

      Amen

  • marylou

    October 11, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Casey was lucky that she could get treatment for her cancer. Desantis’s abortion ban will cause pregnant women to wait while their cancer spreads because they aren’t eligible for an abortion and the oncologist won’t give them chemotherapy or radiation because that would damage an embryo or fetus. So women wait for months while their cancer grows and metastasizes throughout their bodies. How long did Casey have to wait for treatment?

    Casey should save her tears for her husband. She should be begging Ron’s sadistic little heart to stop his extreme abortion bans that prevent other women and girls from getting the health care that they need. Instead of exploiting her illness for Ron’s career, she should be using her experience to improve the lives of Florida women.

    • Conservative_always

      October 11, 2022 at 9:20 am

      What abortion ban? Another lie spread by the left..

      • marylou

        October 11, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        The word ‘ban’ is used to indicate the time after which a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and integrity are taken from her. Example: Florida currently has a 15 week abortion ban. After 15 weeks of pregnancy her right to abortion is limited to exceptions such as to save her life — where she must be actually be in the process of dying to qualify. Circumstances like rape, incest, or preteen or younger age are not exceptions in Florida.

        It is expected that Desantis will force a total ban from conception after the election. Life of the girl/woman may—or may not—be allowed as an exception.

    • CL

      October 13, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Excellent point. I didn’t think of this, but dang. The things he’s trying to do have such far-reaching consequences.

    • Cheryl

      October 14, 2022 at 6:11 am

      Let’s pray/hope for a better option regarding leadership, Desantis blew it

  • jim gibbs

    October 11, 2022 at 7:57 am

    At the same time Casey, her husband, and fellow Republicans deny healthcare to tens of thousands Floridians resulting in a lack of health care and death for some. That is who they really are. jim gibb 120 Lake Anne Dr WPB 33411

  • Ann

    October 11, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Using the cancer card to try to get points. She acts like he did such a heroic thing by being by her side and a dad as if that is somehow special and amazing and that is what makes him unique and thus he should win the election. Newsflash lady, many, many women (unfortunately) get breast cancer and many, many husbands are there for them. My husband being one of them. He stood by my side when I had cancer, too. Maybe he should he be governor. I think it’s gross that you are using the cancer card to get points. Never do I talk about my cancer to other people just to get points because I have respect for myself and all the other women in the world who have had and currently have breast cancer. Also, your cancer was early stages. You were extremely lucky and your prognosis was good from the very start. Other women not so much. This ad was nothing but a cancer card ad. Gross!

  • Victoria

    October 11, 2022 at 10:43 am

    You democraps are really showing your true colors. You are the most hateful bunch which is why this country is falling fast into a communist country. If not for people like Ron DeSantis we would have been stuck with an idiot found in a motel room with drugs and then found guilty of a felony. The woman survived a serious illness as did I. I hope those of you that are spewing hate for this great governor find yourself dealing with the karma you deserve.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 11, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      I read the comments, didn’t really see spewing of hate, just two common observations:

      (1) Mrs. Desantis’ cancer was caught early, and she probably has great insurance coverage and received great medical care.
      The commenters seem to lament the fact not everybody gets that care, and cancer detected late may be untreatable.
      On this point, even Richard Nixon, your hero, understood that no first rate nation should lack some kind of universal health care, yet the Republican party has opposed it (repeal and replace Obamacare), opposed medicare, opposes expansion of medicaid. Experts agree that Taiwan may have the best overall system, but the GOP doesn’t want to hear of it, and fought against reforms.

      (2) That nobody should be surprised when a father takes care of his children and his wife, while his wife is ailing. We can all agree. Some think it crass that the governor and his wife might traffic on that, but I prefer he run commercials like this than culture division stuff about immigrants, or the LGBT folks, or calling our school teachers groomers, etc. He is trying to show a compassionate side, and needs to, since much of his divisive baiting lacks it completely.

      You wish karma on those who dare to express their First Amendment right of free speech. Please re-read the constitution you guys rant about, and maybe review the Bible you like to preach. I doubt wishing ill on others is in either.

    • Ann

      October 11, 2022 at 1:22 pm

      I don’t feel the same way about the Desantis like you do and I have zero respect for him. As far as I’m concerned he is the one that spews hate with not just what he says but his actions! He is hurting a lot of people out there with his actions. Maybe not you but others. And of course you don’t care because it’s not about you. That’s the problem with this country if it doesn’t affect you you don’t care.

    • Dan

      October 13, 2022 at 9:11 am

      Thanks for the comment. A trumpette spewing nonsense is always good for a laugh!

  • tom palmer

    October 11, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    I am sure that Ron DeSantis is a good husband and a good father. The question is whether he deserves to be governor.

  • Maria T Ryan

    October 11, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    I also have a problem with that lol.
    Stop using your wife & kids as pawns.
    Scott got everyone out of the keys. What happened De Santis?

  • Sadie

    October 11, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Our next First Lady of the United States

  • Laura

    October 12, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Gosh, I wish the man she described was the Governor of Florida.
    He sounds very different than the guy we have that disregarded covid and covid deaths, bullied high schools students for wearing their mask, flew migrants from a state he does not govern to another state he does not govern, and ignores the fact that migrants that are rowing up onto the shores of his state.

  • Alan Fogg

    October 12, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    A probably normal husband and father reacting to to his wife’s illness does not make up for the disrespect he gives teachers, care givers, and those less fortunate in our state and elsewhere.

    • DANIEL FAVERO

      October 12, 2022 at 8:12 pm

      Evidently they think a husband helping a wife who is sick is uncommon. Imagine using a cancer diagnosis in an attempt to get sympathy votes.

    • DAN

      October 12, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      Evidently they think a husband helping a wife who is sick is uncommon. Imagine using a cancer diagnosis in an attempt to get sympathy votes.

  • DAN

    October 12, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Just saw the latest DUHsantis ad.
    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/562871-casey-ad-gov/
    This ones a tear jerker as the Mrs told how Ronnie took care of her as she battled cancer.
    I hate to break this to them, but that’s what spouses do.
    Evidently they think what he did was special & that other spouses don’t do the same.
    So welcome to the real world Mr & Mrs DeSantis, where others besides them also care for their spouses.
    Says alot that evidently they think what Ronnie did was uncommon.
    Imagine using a cancer diagnosis in an attempt to get sympathy votes.
    Says alot about Ronnie, doesn’t it?
    To Mrs. DeSantis – we are all thankful that you beat cancer.

    • DANIEL FAVERO

      October 13, 2022 at 9:47 am

      To repeat – “Imagine using a cancer diagnosis in an attempt to get sympathy votes.”

  • Impeach Biden

    October 13, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    She’s soooo hot. I like to jerk off to pictures of Casey.

    • LadyisaTramp

      October 13, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Ron prefers pictures of his abortion ban.. Case should’ve mentioned that bit of competition in her ad

  • Jose F Aviles

    October 13, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Well, well, it’s just so sardonic that “Mr. Governor” utilizes his family to blend in household responsibilities with those of his office. Mrs. “D” could’ve survived as well even if she didn’t carry “that” name.
    I dedicated forty-four proud years in public service, twenty-two of which in the infantry ranks, added, face to face combat with enemies. The other twenty-two, committed to assist “face to face,” in great part, Florida residents. So, Mr. “D,” kudos to the “First Lady” for coping and overcoming difficulties. Furthermore, while she appears to be sensible and intelligent, “the” add displays a problematic impression when nothing worthwhile is mentioned about your leadership and duty obligations with the public. Diaper changing or lifting those that can’t, are not issues comparable in any way with the assumed purpose of the message. Greetings from Lehigh Acres!!

  • girlie,girl

    October 13, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    geez..does anyone know how to be respectful and nice..the woman had cancer..thats enough..if you don’t like her husband thats ok ..but shut up about her…

  • Jose F Aviles

    October 13, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I do respect your opinion and totally agree. However, mixing “apples and oranges” does not fit in the purpose.

  • C Murray

    October 14, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I think her ad is a slap in the face to anyone who has had cancer. She was STAGE 1 that’s what the news said. I had stage 3 B colon cancer, I had 12 chemo treatments, I wore a pump for 2 DAYS. Never, not once did anyone pick me up off the floor! I the. Had breast cancer, no never had to get picked up off the floor. This ad is disgraceful. Anyone who buys into these lies needs to rethink things!

    • Ann

      October 14, 2022 at 5:49 pm

      Also, I hope you are doing well and you are in remission. Sending positive healing vibes your way! <3

  • Ann

    October 14, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Right?? Ridiculous! I had stage 2 and I worked at my job through all of chemo. I was just a little under the weather at best. Stage 1 is pretty much a guarantee of survival. There is no way she was that sick! The only time people get that sick is when they have back to back chemo and at such an early stage chemo wasn’t necessary but just a precaution. And she probably (like me) had it every 3 weeks and when you have chemo (as you know since you had cancer) you feel sick for about 4 days or so and then you are normal until the next time. People who get really sick from chemo get sick because they have late stages cancer and they have to have back to back chemo without breaks and eventually it takes its toll on you and that is when you get really sick and you can’t pick yourself off the floor. Puh-lease!! How pathetic is this ad! And you are right, it is a slap to women who had and have advanced stage and really suffer. I didn’t suffer at all and I was stage 2. This ad is disgusting!!

  • Rick Tacell

    October 16, 2022 at 8:33 am

    [email protected]

    This is the person who is supposed to keep residents of the state of Florida safe who said to students “You do not have to wear those masks,” “Please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything. We’ve gotta stop with this COVID theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.” When I went to Moffit at the time he was creating his theater, you could not enter without a mask. So he protects his wife but to heck with the citizens of Florida! No vote for DeSantis!

  • Suzan

    October 17, 2022 at 11:42 am

    I do not support Mrs. DeSantis’ husband or his policies. However I’ve always hoped she would prevail with a quick recovery through her cancer diagnosis and treatment. It’s kinda sick that he would use her illness as a campaign ad, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. She emotionally touts all the things he did for her during her very tough treatment. Well I hope so, he is her spouse and has taken vows to do exactly what he did – support her. Additionally, he has an interest is supporting her as he has three small children with her. I’d like to think most spouses would support the other in the same way.

  • lyn

    October 17, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Mrs Desantis how dare you use your so called Cancer battle to push your husbands politics on the people of Florida. You sat there with a wig on ( or was that your actual hair) and looked beautiful for the audience and proceeded to cry. I have had a child fight for her life from this disease and she would never use Cancer for a political statement. Take off your wig and show us your Cancer wounds, your finger nails that fell off, your weight gain or weight loss from all the meds you had to take before crying to the people of Florida your horrible experience was with Cancer. As sick as my child was with 6mnths of heavy chemo no one had to pick her up off the floor.

  • Tina

    October 18, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Honestly, this ad makes me sick to my stomach. I don’t think she had cancer at all. How many Floridians don’t have health care because of DeSantis’ refusal to expand Medicare? I will NEVER vote for DeSantis or any other republican. People who support him and the other GOP candidates need a crash course in history about fascism. Vote for him if you want to lose your Medicare and Social Security. Those are on the chopping block this November.

  • Nigel

    October 18, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    I prayed for her throughout her struggles. I’m glad she recovered. I still pray for not only her but both of them now because it seems neither one of them has any type of shame. What the hell does her Cancer diagnosis have to do with the election? He’s not running for Father of the Year! He’s in a re-election campaign as governor. If they really want to prove he’s a good guy why doesn’t he start showing it in his actions that goes a lot farther than some Law & Order on cue fabricated tears that were probably eye drops for dry eyes.

  • Jose F Aviles

    October 20, 2022 at 11:48 am

    How ironic besides dangerous, a public figure obviously full of enemies exposing his/her own children’s identities, to gain votes with a topic that is not even related to a political purpose.

  • RJ DeWitt

    October 20, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    I was so disappointed in the Casey DiSantis ad..not only did she look fake but the furniture looked like a staged set . Husband’s support their wives no matter what their illness is. Taking care of your own kids is part of it. He didn’t do anything any other caring husband would do..

  • Gregg Nagelhout

    October 21, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    He’s banning books. Good Dad? Sig heil motherfer.

  • Karen Kirby

    October 21, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    My son as well. His wife was only 35 and breast feeding our grandson at 14 months old when she started treatment with a double mastectomy then chemo and then radiation. My son and my husband and I were there for our grandson every day. She was feeling awful much of the time and spent most days in bed. He is 2 years younger than she is. This has been going on now for over 2 years and she just underwent reconstruction surgery after breast implants failed. Many other husbands are doing the same thing. DeSantis could care less about other people with cancer.

  • Beth

    October 23, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Nice try Casey but anyone with a brain knows exactly who and what your husband is. Sadly you don’t or you choose not to.

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