Gov. DeSantis rejects 2024 ‘chatter’ as Legislative Session wraps
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 3/7/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, is flanked by House Speaker Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, left, and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, as he gives the State of State address during the opening day of the 2023 Florida Legislative Session, Tuesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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The Governor has stopped short of committing in public to a 2024 run, so far.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is less than specific about his next political move but is defending how his office does business ahead of a potential 2024 run, including its communications style and increased security and protection measures.

“What’s next for me is to go through this budget that they passed. We’ve got a little bit of a runway left, so just stay tuned,” the Governor told reporters in the Capitol after Sine Die.

Regarding “what happens in the future,” DeSantis said “people will get on that relatively soon.”

“You either got to put up or shut up on that as well. So, we’ll see. It’s chatter. I think the thing that most of you guys should know about me is the chatter is just not something that I worry about.”

The Governor’s communications staff, which is pugnacious and often tailors its work product to friendly in-state websites or national conservative outlets, was also a topic.

DeSantis contended “nobody has used our communication staff to campaign.”

“They have a duty to represent our office. Our office takes a lot of incoming every day. I take more incoming as a sitting Governor than any other Governor in this country. Much of it is BS, and so they’re constantly having to battle phony narratives and battle, you know, nonsense. And so, I wish we didn’t have to do that.”

From there, the Governor said he wished “you didn’t have partisan outlets pursuing partisan agendas,” but “if it’s in a political context or if it’s just about a piece of legislation, it’s coming in at us. And so we have a responsibility, you know, to be able to handle that.”

“That doesn’t matter whether you’re a candidate, not a candidate at all, you have that. And so it’s totally appropriate to have a Governor’s staff, and it’s totally appropriate for us to be fighting back. I’m not asking for people from New York and D.C. to come down here and try to dig for dirt,” DeSantis said.

“We absolutely have every right to fight back and look; they’re saying like that, a campaign, like they’re the ones that are coming at us. And so, of course, we’re going to fight back. That’s just the nature of it.”

DeSantis also addressed security and moves that would make it easier to campaign, including a $3.8 million appropriation for “Protected Operations Services” at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, $1 million for “operational support” in the Governor’s Office, and exemption of law enforcement records on travel and security from public disclosure.

“What the Legislature did is they just clarified because you’re in a situation where these movements, unfortunately, are watched,” DeSantis said, calling it “a security concern.”

“So that’s what’s been raised, and that’s what’s been addressed. And I think that, that’s something that’s appropriate.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


5 comments

  • Billy the Bamboozler

    May 5, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Gonna be like Singapore here in a decade… yeah something out of the movie Demolition Man. Fines for cursing in public and death penalty for drugs. After AI replaces half the nations workforce because the GOP pandered to the rich to that extent… there will be 50 million people behind bars. Will have to resort to slavery and feudalism. The rich will have every penny ever made crammed up their azz.

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  • Michael K

    May 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    DeSantis has done one thing for Florida’s reputation. He’s ruined it by managing to start a stupid war with the state’s largest employer and tourism destination, showing his petty authoritarian vindictiveness. He’s sent a clear message to young people and the state’s large LBGTQ population that they are unwelcome and despised, has gerrymandered Black voters out of representation, suppressing and intimidating voters, basically forcing women to give birth, while destroying education, attacking teachers, banning books, and allowing anyone to carry guns anywhere, with no accountability.

    If the goal is to alienate as many people as possible, he’s succeeded. And though he thinks being to the hard right of Ted Cruz is a winning strategy, saner Republicans in the rest of the nation are saying no thanks.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 5, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Rhon DasPanties seems to be inviting the trans folk and drag queens and gays etc to fight him over the nonsense he started with them with his Valley Girl-ish statement, “like they’re the ones that are coming at us. And so of course we’re going to fight back. That’s just the nature of it.” If any of the LGBTQCIA+ folks show up for a fight, Rhon gonna get beat up some more just like when he was a little kid and the bullies beat him up yelling “Rhonda Rhonda Rhonda Why are you hitting yourself Rhonda?”

  • tom palmer

    May 5, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    If I had his poll numbers, i wound’ not be eager to announce anything, either. It was good to see him back in Florida, though.

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