Laura Loomer fights changes to ‘resign to run’ law that would benefit Ron DeSantis

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The Donald Trump supporter wants local RECs to demand the Governor serve out his term.

Failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer doesn’t want to make Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to run for President easier.

The Lady Lake Republican wants Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) leaders to take up resolutions opposing changes to Florida’s “resign to run” law. She said it’s important the party take that stance as DeSantis considers a White House run less than halfway into his second term as Governor.

She’s attending the Republican Party of Florida annual meeting in Orlando and handing out copies of a resolution on the matter. It calls out DeSantis by name and says his priority needs to be the state of Florida.

“Ron DeSantis is obligated to the electors of the State of Florida to serve the entire four years of his second term as he was elected to serve,” the resolution states.

She claims on social media that many members of the Florida Republican Executive Committee (REC) were surprised the Legislature has considered changing the law.

“My recommended resolution for Florida RECs has been passed out all afternoon at the RPOF quarterly in Orlando, FL!” she tweeted. “Every REC member and chair who has received it thus far supports it. Many are shocked to discover DeSantis is trying to change the law to benefit himself.”

Of note, there’s some disagreement about whether Florida’s “resign to run” law applies to a run for President in the first place. The Florida law requires candidates who qualify for federal office to resign an office if the term runs concurrent with their office. While DeSantis could not serve as Governor and President, there has been debate about what counts as qualifying to run for President, which is a different process than running for U.S. House or Senate.

Regardless, the Legislature appears ready to change the law as needed to clarify DeSantis can run. Both Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner support changing the law regarding the residential race.

Florida notably changed the law briefly when 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain was considering then-Gov. Charlie Crist for running mate, a job that ultimately went to then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. But the Legislature reverted the law shortly afterward.

Loomer’s resolution is something she would like county Republican Executive Committees to take up in coming weeks and months.

She notably supports former President Donald Trump over DeSantis for President.

“DeSantis is a showboater and a liar and it’s time for you to leave the DeSimps and get back on the Trump train,” she recently tweeted at conservative journalist Chris Nelson.  “Wake up and realize DeSantis only talks a big talk for press.”

Loomer has said she plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Webster again for Congress. She lost in the Republican Primary by a smaller margin than expected against Webster in 2022 and has refused to concede.

Loomer resolution.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • David In Shoreline

    February 17, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    Go to hell Laura. We want Governor DeSantis to be President DeSantis.

    • Jay Smif

      February 17, 2023 at 6:24 pm

      Pudgy Fascist Ronny DeSantis and his hateful ways will be confined to Florida, princess. He’s not queen, not above the law, and massive government control, like fascist Ronny implements, isn’t “freedom.”

    • Mark Stapleton

      February 20, 2023 at 12:04 am

      Many of us educated Republicans do not want to see Gov Dictator DeSantis as President only the uneducated do

      • Mark Stapleton

        February 20, 2023 at 12:05 am

        Many of us educated Republicans do not want to see Gov Dictator DeSantis as President only the uneducated do as YES we are Florida Republicans with a brain

  • Mac Wiseman

    February 17, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    We need this head fake to futher drive the left fake news media even more bat$hit crazy.
    They know Balloon Boy Biden’s only shot at reelection is thru never Trumpers, RINO’s, oh yeah and Jeb Bush’s vote for Biden. They need to run against Trump to win. Our plan is to make the left relaxed thinking Trump is running then way too late in the game for the left to respond Trump bows out and throws his support behind Desantis…Shhhhhhhhh dont tell the left.

    • Elliott Offen

      February 17, 2023 at 6:55 pm

      👆 Waste of organic matter.

      • Mac Wiseman

        February 17, 2023 at 8:05 pm

        Shhhhhhhh dont tell the left Elliott…..Shhhhhhh

    • Ocean Joe

      February 18, 2023 at 6:49 am

      Sounds more like your plan to eliminate social security or the ‘repeal and replace’ fiasco. Say one thing, do another.
      Oh, forgot. Dirty Rick just “changed his plan.”
      Nikki correctly pointed out you haven’t won the popular vote in the last 7 presidential races, so quit with the ‘fakery’ and focus on those little hick states that win the electoral college.

  • Joe Corsin

    February 17, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    The GOP best to whatever they can in their power to get rid of the far right clowns nipping at their heels. DeSantis said he doesn’t waste his time trashing other Republicans like Donald Trump does. He’d do better if he could find a way to flush people like Loomer down the toilet. He’d be smart to do everything in his power to cut out the Trumpian far right cancer.

  • David Pakman

    February 17, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Another idiot that fell out of the Trump clown car. Perished in the Trump train wreck. People will be getting arrested for ten more years over all the crimes that were committed during orange Hitler’s disgraceful and failed presidency.

  • Harold Finch

    February 18, 2023 at 9:42 am

    Laura Looney is just batshit crazy!!

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