Chip Roy backs Ron DeSantis, as Democrats decry ‘extremist’ endorser

'America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ still-not-official campaign for President is picking up a preemptive endorsement.

Texas Congressman Chip Roy said he was backing DeSantis, a former member of the House Freedom Caucus, in a lengthy and widely reported statement.

“The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course,” Roy wrote to supporters.

“America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination,” the endorsement continued.

Roy appears to be the first member of Congress officially backing DeSantis, and that early bird status led to coordinated condemnation from the state and national Democratic Party.

“Ron DeSantis’s shadow presidential campaign picked up its first congressional endorsement today from fellow Freedom Caucus member Chip Roy, whose most recent claim to fame is holding (Kevin) McCarthy’s speakership hostage, calling for government shutdowns to repeal caps for prescription drug costs, and advocating for cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” sniped the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

“In Congress, Chip Roy has built his reputation as a fellow MAGA extremist that has pushed for some of the same kinds of policies at the federal level that DeSantis is pushing at the state level,” the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) contended, calling Roy an “extremist.”

The FDP email, just like the one from the DNC, made note of DeSantis’ “shadow” campaign, a nod to an increasing sense that the Governor has one eye on Iowa and New Hampshire even during the heat of the 2023 Legislative Session. DeSantis contends he hasn’t decided to run yet, but early endorsements like Roy’s are yet another suggestion that the race has begun.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ian

    March 15, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Woke, end of story, end of speech, end of the Republican Party.

  • Ian

    March 15, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Ya need more and this is such a pathetic attempt to divide people that it’s not even worth explaining. If you don’t want outreach, if you want to ignore Reagan entirely to pander to idiots just call it a day

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 15, 2023 at 6:28 pm

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    Lets study the comments left here at F. P. to determine who the leftist weiner head usual commenters fear most out of Trump and Desantis.
    They all know their side aint got $hit to put up with any expectation of a POTUS win so they are 100% going to be owned by either Trump or Desantis for 4 straight years.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Ian

    March 15, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    Breaking news: idiots support idiots!

    Putin supports them both! Disgusting!

  • Tropical

    March 15, 2023 at 11:21 pm

    Glowing recommendation from one terrible man to another.
    How fitting!

  • Mr. Haney

    March 16, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Traitors will support traitors.

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