Michael Waltz, who holds Ron DeSantis’ old House seat, endorses Donald Trump
Mike Waltz gets the gavel.

That's Trump 9, DeSantis 1, for anyone keeping score.

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz is endorsing Donald Trump for President.

“Under his leadership, President Trump secured our southern border, created 7 million jobs with record-low unemployment, brought manufacturing back to the U.S., made America energy independent and affordable, brokered historic Middle East peace deals, destroyed the ISIS caliphate, launched the Space Force, took out (Iranian Commander Qasem) Soleimani, gave veterans choice, and put measures in place to stop China’s march towards global dominance,” Waltz said in a statement to Breitbart.

Waltz’s statement goes on at length about failures of President Joe Biden. But the endorsement was most noteworthy for taking sides in an impending fight for the Republican nomination between two Florida men.

The St. Augustine Beach Republican’s move made him the ninth member of Florida’s congressional delegation to back Trump over Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Breitbart noted Waltz’s support seemed a particular slight. He succeeded DeSantis in the U.S. House representing Florida’s 6th Congressional District, winning his seat in 2018 the same cycle DeSantis was elected Governor.

This week has proven especially brutal in the battle for Florida endorsements between Trump, a Mar-a-Lago resident looking to make a comeback to Washington, and DeSantis, the sitting Florida Governor whose landslide re-election was credited with lifting Republicans up and down the ballot.

Florida has 20 Republican representatives in the U.S. House and eight Democrats. With Waltz’s endorsement, that means Trump has also secured more congressional endorsements than Biden can hope for in the state. But Biden hails from Delaware, and his support is largely baked in with the eight Democrats no matter what.

DeSantis is expected to jump into the presidential race in May. He attended an event in Washington this week and met with groups of Representatives at the time. He did receive his first endorsement from the delegation, from U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee, his former Secretary of State.

DeSantis had also sent surrogates asking Florida members to hold off on issuing endorsements until he enters the race.

But Trump has set up personal calls with several members, and will host many at a special event at Mar-a-Lago Thursday night.

“A great group of supportive Florida Congressmen and Congresswomen, all who have Endorsed me, will be coming to Mar-a-Lago tonight,” Trump posted on Truth Social. “Our support is almost universal in Florida and throughout the USA. They remember fondly all of the incredible things I did while in office, one of the most successful Administrations in History. Will be a great night!”

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].


  • PeterH

    April 20, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Neither Trump nor DeSantis are electable in the national 2024 election. Neither are Conservatives.

  • Michael K

    April 20, 2023 at 11:05 am


  • Pill Mill Bill McSewer

    April 20, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Most of what Trump did was not effective in the long run, political theatre, and hollow accomplishments. People like to leave out the legitimate impeachments, 40,000 lies, the insults, the shameless money making schemes using lies, the frivolous litigation to overturn a free and fair election, and the deadly riot that would have never happened if it hadn’t been for the lies. He’s not electable therefore it seems the GOP just wants to hand the Dems the presidency while they are content with using their power to turn their states into right wing religious dystopias…try to drive people out who don’t believe in the same things as themselves.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 20, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      You gotta give Trump a little credit. All his rollbacks of regulations allowed some banks to collapse recently.

    • Tom

      April 20, 2023 at 6:02 pm

      All that and he’s still preferable to Rhonda’s panties. That’s a sad indictment indeed, funny as hell but pretty sad.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 20, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Unless you’ve walked a mile in Rhonda’s Panties, oh wait this guy has done exactly that. Proceed with the trash talking, good sir.

  • Ocean Joe

    April 20, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    This whole debate about Desantis or Trump is just a matter of degrees.
    Which shade of brownshirt is your favorite?

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 21, 2023 at 7:46 am

      Their favorite shade of brownshirt is white, of course. LOLSOB

  • Non-ADA Trojan Trolley Pill Mill Bill

    April 20, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Trump crashed the clown car with many indictments afterwards..hell, many indictments coming. Whoever thinks he can get 8 million more votes than he did in 2020 needs medication and inpatient psychiatric treatment.

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