Ron DeSantis neglected insurance market while campaigning, trolling, says Lincoln Project ad

According to the Lincoln Project, DeSantis has neglected the home front.

With Floridians beginning to face the realities of a worsening property insurance market after Hurricane Ian, a new Lincoln Project ad is blasting Gov. Ron DeSantis over rising rates.

The Republican Governor has emerged as a national force within the GOP and is well-positioned to be a leading presidential contender. But the Lincoln Project says DeSantis has neglected the home front.

“Florida homeowners are paying more for storm insurance every year. What has Ron DeSantis done to help us? Nothing,” according to the ad.

Overlaid with hurricane footage and news reports, the ad blusters against DeSantis for “running for President,” “cruel campaign stunts,” and more, including attacking companies like Disney. Clips of the Governor “bragging” and “trolling” during his news conferences are also peppered throughout the one-minute ad.

“He did everything but help us protect our homes — protect the dreams we worked so hard for,” it continues. “Trolling isn’t governing, waging culture wars isn’t leading and Ron DeSantis isn’t helping.”

The Lincoln Project, which emerged in 2019 as a Republican “Never-Trump” PAC, is targeting pivotal regions of the state with the ad, including the Interstate 4 corridor. The ad will run digitally in Pinellas, Orange, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Seminole and Indian River counties.

Property insurance became a flashpoint in Florida this year as the market’s erosion accelerated. This year marked the second straight year of annual industry losses exceeding $1 billion. The Legislature ultimately convened in May to address the issue ahead of hurricane season, but many say it was too little, too late.

More than a dozen companies have stopped writing new policies in Florida, and several have closed shop this year. One company was declared insolvent and placed into receivership as Ian was barreled toward Florida.

Before Hurricane Ian, the annual cost of an average Florida homeowners insurance policy was expected to reach $4,231 in 2022, nearly three times the U.S. average of $1,544.

The ad isn’t the first reel the Lincoln Project has cut that uses Hurricane Ian to sell its point. Last week, the group released an ad criticizing DeSantis’ response to Ian and suggesting lives could have been saved had DeSantis not coordinated flights of migrants from Texas to Massachusetts.

DeSantis is up for re-election this year. With less than four weeks until Election Day, polls show DeSantis leading his challenger, Democrat Charlie Crist, by 5 points or more.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Tom

    October 14, 2022 at 4:51 am

    Constant lies from Lincoln predator organization.

    $2 billion dollars were recommended by Gov and appropriated by legislature in May of 22, Florida special session. This was signed into law and passed.

    $2 billion was placed into the citizens insurance fund to help maintain solvency and offer insurance for homeowners.

    Lincoln just lies repeatedly to try to create a narrative of untruth. It is a known corrupt Org. It has internal sexual issues.

    Florida is risk for homeowners and insurance is greater risk. There is no free deal. Ignore this corrupt Org,

    • Joe Corsin

      October 14, 2022 at 8:04 am

      “internal sexual issues” – Tom Dumbass

      • Tom

        October 14, 2022 at 8:25 am

        Standard ignorant reply from corsin.
        Once again attempting to distract, no avail. You are obsessed with FP legend. Insignificant babble, no meaning.

        Go back to momma!

        • Joe Corsin

          October 14, 2022 at 9:14 am

          “tropical 2 ocean windcane” – Tom Dumbass

      • Tom

        October 14, 2022 at 8:25 am

        Standard ignorant reply from corsin.
        Once again attempting to distract, no avail. You are obsessed with FP legend. Insignificant babble, no meaning.

        Go back to momma!

        • Joe Corsin

          October 14, 2022 at 9:16 am

          “Soros Manchurian l am legend” – Tom Dumbass

      • Hope

        October 14, 2022 at 10:43 am

        Did Joe C. fall out of bed and damage his brain? Perhaps he should call 911 as he needs some medical intervention ASAP.

      • RVP

        October 14, 2022 at 2:19 pm

        Typical response from an uneducated liberal with no real intelligent comment to ad

    • Jay Smif

      October 14, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      2 billion is but a drop in the bucket, old man Tom, and Pudgy Fascist Ron DeSantis has failed Florida once again.

    • Mr.Haney

      October 14, 2022 at 9:42 pm


  • Mad Beach Ron

    October 14, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Lincoln Project is a bunch of old white Marxist. Distributing their propaganda is reckless. Journalism is dead.

    • Mr. Haney

      October 14, 2022 at 9:43 pm

      Another moron

  • Impeach Biden

    October 14, 2022 at 8:24 am

    I’ll say it again 80% of all homeowner claims filed in the country come from Florida. Only 19% of homeowners here carry flood insurance. How is that DeSantis’s fault?

    • Joe Corsin

      October 14, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Government could get in there and solve any problem you can think of…but no…that would interfere with “freedom” for millionaires and billionaires, freedom t-shirts for everyone else. And because of stupid Republican voters, people are left wondering things like you are wondering. Conservative Republicanism is an inability to think outside the box…a refusal.

      • RVP

        October 14, 2022 at 2:21 pm

        “Government could get in there and solve any problem you can think of”…said no one with any intelligence ever!

        • Joe Corsin

          October 14, 2022 at 7:31 pm

          With conservative dumbasses always in opposition to anything and everything….you remain correct at the current moment in time.

      • nail

        October 14, 2022 at 2:22 pm

        DeSantis new scam, “How to buy votes” from the:

        $500,000 each from federal hurricane funds

        The Florida Sheriff’s Association
        The Florida Police Benevolent Association
        The Florida Fraternal Order of Police
        The Florida Professional Firefighters

        Nothing for the victims of the hurricane…The Desantis’s both of them are now running the FL hurricane scam. They had 42M in the account for the victims of the hurricane. Not a penny to the victims , but 6 M to cut 14,000 trees and the 2M for Florida Police Benevolent Association, The Florida Fraternal Order of Police.
        Then he announced a entire police dept in Cape Coral is each getting $5,000 as are 364 more police.

      • Impeach Biden

        October 14, 2022 at 10:07 pm

        This is why only White Men should be allowed to own property and vote.

        • Dee

          October 15, 2022 at 12:01 am

          I hope that is a terrible joke. Because that right there is one of the most ignorant and racist things to say in 2020. Ppl who make statements like that are the same ppl who want to rewrite history books and fight against CRT. being taught in schools. (College). Youre lucky ppl of color dont have the same mindset. When America becomes predominantly black and brown just be thankful we dont want to treat white ppl the way theyve treated us since our existence here in America. SMH

        • JRob

          October 16, 2022 at 7:55 pm

          This is why white men are being replaced. Oh it’s happening, whether you like it or not, and there’s NOTHING you can do about. I’m laughing at you.

          • Mig

            October 23, 2022 at 9:07 pm

            As an Independent, leaning conservative, Desantis and the Rpublican led legislature has done nothing to curb homeowners insurance. In 2022, my simple 3/2 bungalow in Miami, went from $7,000 to $11,000 annually. I’ll be voting Dem straight down.

    • nail

      October 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

      DeSantis has allowed all his lawyer friends sue for the homeowners. Knock on the door, you need a new roof and I will get it for you. Just sign your check over to me and you will have a new roof for $35,000. Mr. Jones sign this check for $60,000. Thanks for doing business.
      The roof was worth $24,000. He pockets the balance. Talkto The Villages. They want to do something very bad to DeSantis. Every 3 homes this has been done.

    • That’s Even better

      October 15, 2022 at 5:24 am

      You all didn’t know hurricanes made floods.

      Man this just keeps getting better lol

    • Ellie

      October 21, 2022 at 9:55 am

      You can say it all you want but you’re just making up statistics, which seems to be the common republican trait. Cite your sources. The state of California is the single largest source of homeowner insurance claims in the country. It is mathematically impossible for the state of Florida to represent 80% of all claims filed in the country. You’re either too stupid for basic math or a deliberate liar.

  • Dennis Jay

    October 14, 2022 at 8:28 am

    DeSantis and the legislature punted on property insurance. They did nothing to address the underlying causes of high rates in our state. Too busy trying to make it harder for citizens to vote and trolling gays and trans people. They love power more than people.

  • nail

    October 14, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Tom is the hired POS by the DeSantis other paid Russian media troll Christina Shaw. Great article about her and her hired trolls exposing all her lies that she gave to the media.
    She has been suspended from Twitter muliple times because of stalking.
    She was arrested for stalking the whistleblower Rebekah Jones in Maryland. Jones was the person fired by DeSantis because she would not change the Civid number for DeSantis.. She is now running for DeSantis best buddies seat, Matt Gaetz.
    The corrupt MAGAts in FL do stick together, but now they have been exposed.
    A criminal investigation has been opened into Ron DeSantis’ transport of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. The Dept of the Treasury has taken the case of the illegal use of taxpayer funds to transport legal migrants from TX to MV. They have already subpoenaed all financial records and other info released to DeSantis $ 613,000 to transport these 48 ppl and also the $950,000 DeSantis spent on a different flight landing in NJ with only flight crew. Pushaw said it was a “joke on the libs.”
    Nice using $950,000 of FL constituents funds for a joke…..

    Go to town troll tom!

  • Tom

    October 15, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Nail as in snail, you corrupt bastard, born from your mother as you are a disgrace.

    You fill paragraphs of lies, distortions, half truths manipulated and ugly demon like attacks. You are obsessed with hate.

    So many haters, you all are paid agents on behalf of the Manchurian nation.

    $2 billion in monies were appropriated for citizens insurance, this has provided access to insurance to continue.

    As for Lincoln Org, fraudsters who have been called out by the likes of me. A front Dem sponsored donor group which engages in libel and scandalous. Lincoln is a racist Org. Peter h hides from me.

    Corsin, Haney and his toilet paper hanging, Dennis, jay sniffer, and so many others on FP are deranged in thought.

    America’s Gov and Senator Marco stand up to you and corrupt Manchurians daily. Chameleon and Dumings offer no hope.

    Nail, Haney, Corsin, any time you want to meet let he know. I’ll take all three of you on.

    Nail, you are a lying scum bag. Go sit on the whale Navarro’s lap when Cardenas is sleeping.

    None of you escape my analysis, I have held a torch to FP for 3 years. Henderson, Peter S, all of you will be called out by me. I am legend. Enjoy.

  • Jake

    October 16, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    DeSantis initiated a special session when Spoles refused to address property insurance in regular session. This is a Sprolls issue, not DeSantis issue.

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