Ron DeSantis bets that Japanese businessmen care who the Chicago Mayor is

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'Chicago used to be one of the greatest cities in America.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis weighed in on a mayoral election in Illinois for the benefit of Japanese businessmen.

During a roundtable discussion with Japanese business leaders from the Japanese Business Federation (KEIDANREN), DeSantis opined about the recent election of Brandon Johnson in Chicago.

“As the Governor of Florida, I watch elections around the country in the United States because if they go one direction, I know more people are going to move to Florida in response to that. And we’ve seen that just most recently with Chicago and their mayor election,” DeSantis said.

Earlier this month, voters elected Brandon Johnson over Paul Vallas, the candidate preferred by the same police union that invited DeSantis to speak earlier this year.

“Chicago used to be one of the greatest cities in America. It’s had huge problems and there’s really a major need to go a different direction, and they elect someone that’s going to keep going in the same bad direction at an accelerated pace,” DeSantis lamented.

“People will start moving out of Chicago and they’ll move to places like Naples and other parts of Florida. That will happen.”

Earlier this month, DeSantis predicted that “refugees” would be bound for the Sunshine State after the majority of Chicago voters elected a Mayor.

“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 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,” DeSantis added, predicting “probably more residents” would come to the Sunshine State.

He offered similar comments during a political speech in New Hampshire.

“You have a city going down the tubes and they elect somebody that’s going to put it down the tubes even faster. I can tell you this, Naples property values are going to be going up in the state of Florida,” the Florida Governor told the New Hampshire Republican Party.

He said the same thing to the Heritage Foundation while still stateside: “They just elected someone even more left. I can tell you, I’m going to see more people moving to Naples as a result of that election. That’s just the way it works.”

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


  • Acid Head Ed 🖕

    April 24, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Need to export Trump supporters and religious whackos to Japan…as fertilizer. Waste of organic matter in their current form.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 24, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Silly Ron Duh, people retire to the South and to Florida from high property value areas because Florida property, inland, away from the beaches, is virtually worthless. If that wall ever actually gets built along the US y Mexico border, Florida’s beach property will soon be worthless too unless you are in the business of selling barbed wire or welcoming refugee boat people.

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  • Off-season is too long!

    April 26, 2023 at 10:11 am

    Not a DeSantis fan, but he has a point about Chicago. I’m sure he’s getting it from Ken Griffin, who recently moved his personal and corporate HQ from Chicago to Miami, and appears to be hitching his political aspirations to DeSantis.

  • joseph korom

    April 26, 2023 at 7:56 pm

    Florida, land of allegators and hurricanes. Just the place for me.

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