Cord Byrd says there’s ‘plenty of time’ for possible Ron DeSantis run in 2024
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 8/23/22-Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd talks about the Sunshine State’s Primary Election process, Tuesday night in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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'As he said yesterday, everybody needs to chill out.'

Florida’s Secretary of State is the latest Republican voice to express enthusiasm about a potential Ron DeSantis run for President.

Cord Byrd, appointed to the position by DeSantis earlier this year, says the “Nation’s Governor” has “plenty of time” before any such run would have to begin.

“When I travel around the country and the state, people call him the Nation’s Governor. He’s going to continue to do great things for Florida and be an example to the nation,” Byrd told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner on Thursday.

“As he said yesterday, everybody needs to chill out. There’s still plenty of time for 2024 and we’re getting ready for the Legislative Session here in Florida and he’s going to continue to be a great Governor.”

Byrd’s use of the colloquialism “chill out” is no accident, as DeSantis used the same phrase in a Wednesday press conference where he knocked down questions about a so-called Republican “civil war.”

“We just finished this election. People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff,” DeSantis said in Matlacha, noting Florida was a “bright spot” compared to a “substandard performance” elsewhere on Election Day.

“It’s been a long election. We’ve got the Georgia runoff. But for me, it’s like, ‘OK, what more do we need to do to continue to make Florida lead the way?’”

The questions for DeSantis and political allies will no doubt recur in the wake of former President Donald Trump’s launch of his 2024 campaign Tuesday night at Mar-a-Lago, an event that had some added urgency given recent polls showing Trump losing to DeSantis in a series of hypothetical Primary contests.

Expect DeSantis to continue to stake out the high road.

“I think some of this stuff gets overdone in some of the media,” DeSantis told a friendly questioner in Fort Walton Beach Tuesday, even as he offered a contrast between Florida and GOP performance elsewhere in the country there too.

“At the end of the day, I would tell people to check out the scoreboard from last Tuesday night. The fact of the matter is it was the greatest Republican victory in the state of Florida.”

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


6 comments

  • DeSantis is trump 2.0

    November 17, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I love all this fodder from DeSantis campaign office (an appointees) trying to set the stage. It won’t work he’s unelectable at a national level

    • Please

      November 17, 2022 at 2:31 pm

      You don’t know what your talking about!

  • Lex Taylor

    November 18, 2022 at 10:01 am

    For 200 years we have been able to have primaries and then bring the party back together. I think there is a lot of time to evaluate the strength of a potential Trump campaign and whether DeSantis is better served to wait four more years. Either way it should not devolve to a Civil War. Going through a rigorous and sane primary should net better candidates. This should not be categorized as two people who despise each other, they were best friends until five minutes ago.

  • Yrral

    November 19, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Why Trump doomed politically Google Trump Special Counsel

  • Yrral

    November 19, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    How many of you banning Desantis supporters from Thanksgiving dinner and other Republicans jive turkeys

  • Yrral

    November 19, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    How many of you banning Desantis supporters from Thanksgiving dinner and other Republicans jive turkeys

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