Gov. DeSantis ready to welcome Chicago ‘refugees’

'People are going to flee Chicago.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis expects the Chicago mayoral election to lead to more population influx to the Sunshine State.

In Ocala, the Governor speculated Tuesday’s election of progressive Brandon Johnson over Paul Vallas, the candidate preferred by the same police union that invited DeSantis to speak earlier this year, would lead to an exodus from Chicagoland.

“You know, I’ve got to follow some of the elections outside of Florida because it affects Florida. This Chicago Mayor, people are going to flee Chicago in even greater numbers,” DeSantis said at an infrastructure press conference.

“We are going to get more refugees as a result of that because it’s like, you know, you see what’s not working and you go even further in that direction. You know, you just wonder like, what is going on? But there’s no question that, I think, you’re going to continue to see a downward (trend) there and I think you’re going to see people,” DeSantis added, predicting “probably more residents” would come to the Sunshine State.

On President’s Day, DeSantis spoke in Elmhurst to the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Before those remarks, the FOP-backed candidate distanced himself from the Florida Governor.

Vallas told the Chicago Sun-Times “that there is simply no place in Chicago for a right-wing extremist like Ron DeSantis, and I am disappointed in FOP leadership for inviting him to speak to officers.”

DeSantis staffers had previously bemoaned the election results.

Press Secretary Bryan Griffin tweeted, “It is extremely saddening to watch America’s great cities fall by the willful destruction of leftists.”

Jeremy Redfern suggested Johnson was “worse than (current Mayor) Lori Lightfoot” in his own tweet.

Meanwhile, the parody account New York Times Pitchbot offered its own take, ironic in context of the Governor’s Friday’s comments in Ocala: “The real winner in tonight’s Chicago mayoral election? Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.”

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


  • Busted out strip mall squatter Bill McClure

    April 7, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Welcome to the land of piss poor wages, high prices, and forced birth.. also far right ideology and Christian fascism. Cannon fodder, prison fodder, and low wage slave fodder will be the fate of your descendants in Ron’s far right police state. Good news is that euthanasia will soon be an option.

  • marteen

    April 7, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    Then move to Chicago, it sounds like the town for you.

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 7, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    You choose:
    The beautiful Free State of Florida ran by America’s best damn Govorner ever.
    $hitcago dirty deadly cold windy ugly town ran by twisted leftist perverts.
    Hmmmmm…Florida 100% Shitcago 0%
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • TJC

    April 7, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    “We are going to get more refugees…” from Chicago, says Ron, apparently thinking the word “refugees” sounds cute and funny in that context.
    But what if these “refugees” from Chicago are not white? If Ron’s actions of the past regarding people in need is any indication, he’ll pack them in planes as soon as they arrive and fly them to another state. Can’t have them voting here!

  • Welcome to Florida!

    April 7, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Chicago is a very left leaning, blue city.
    Bring them on!

  • Brent W

    April 7, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    The same ones he bussed there?

  • JD

    April 7, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Is he sure those from Chicago can afford to live here now? Maybe lakeside, but then why move to the mosquito coast?

    They’ll be in for a surprise on wages and leave in 2 years like most. The retired cops cannot even afford to move here except in the Red Neck Riviera.

    Culture war.

    “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity”

    • DipSantis is a Menace

      April 7, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      I hear the crooked ones do ok for themselves. They’ll fit right in with the rest of the crooks and grifters down here. Plenty of marks to go around.

  • DipSantis is a menace

    April 7, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    DipSantis and his ilk are so high on their owns supply they can’t see straight. Meanwhile they are getting their backside’s handed to them by a mouse and a troll.

    This Chicago FOP better be careful what they wish for. Meatball Ron is their buddy now, but the first time they step out of line he will make their beloved police unions illegal and roll them up under federal control.

  • Geraldine Rowden

    April 8, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    What if Illinois asked all of the teachers in Florida to move to Illinois what would that do for education in Florida? What’s good for one is good for the other. Or what would happen if the teachers went on strike in masses what would he do fired them all like Reagan did?

  • Kenneth C Kovar

    April 8, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    Be careful what you wish for Ronnie. I moved from Chicago in 2019 but not exactly for its “leadership”. Endless summer is a big draw! More blue voters from Cali, NY, Chicago, etc mean the demographics are gonna get worse for the MAGAs!

    • Boaz

      April 8, 2023 at 6:31 pm

      The exodus of people voting with their feet, as it were, from other states, primarily blue states, to Florida has been the greatest interstate migration for the last several years. When compared to the other 49 states, Florida has been No. 1 in net migration during that same time period. Guess what happened? Florida got redder, as if it were even possible. Most of the few remaining blue strongholds in Florida have now vanished. The political map has been rewritten. Even Democrats love the governance and leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis — America’s Governor.

      • JD

        April 9, 2023 at 7:48 am

        Your registration numbers don’t bare that out. It went slightly red. It’s the difference of 436K.

        There’s still 4 Million NPA’s that really decide the elections.

        Stop acting like it is a red state from the perspective of the voters. It’s purple. It’s only red from the perspective of gerrymandering.

        • Boaz

          April 10, 2023 at 9:06 am

          Then how do you explain away Governor DeSantis’ historic landslide re-election victory by nearly 20 percentage points? His coattails flipped blue counties, like Hillsborough, red. Gerrymandering, seriously? It might explain electoral outcomes in Congressional and legislative races where political maps had been redrawn but not in county-wide or statewide election contests, where political boundaries are static and have not been redrawn.

          • Rob Desantos

            April 12, 2023 at 12:31 pm

            At the risk of stating the obvious: gerrymandering depresses voting for the party not doing the gerrymandering.

          • just sayin

            April 13, 2023 at 11:45 am

            Florida Democrats should spend more time getting their act together and less time on lame misspellings of DeSantis.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 10, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Just 42% of Florida  Black Democrats and 35% of Hispanic Democrats voted. More than 1.5 million Black or Hispanic Democrats did not vote. 

    Just 49% of registered Democrats statewide cast ballots in the 2022 election compared with 64% of Republicans, Florida Division of Elections data show. 

    That’s much worse for Democrats than the last midterm election in 2018 when 61.5% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans voted.

    Just 42% of Black Democrats and 35% of Hispanic Democrats voted. More than 1.5 million Black or Hispanic Democrats did not vote. 

    • Rob Desantos

      April 12, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      PSA: gerrymandering depresses voting for the party not doing the gerrymandering.

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