Ron DeSantis again tells New Hampshire GOP voters Florida lacked ‘pride’ before he became Governor

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Florida is 'where woke is broke, where men are men and where business is booming.'

Florida’s Governor is in the Granite State, doubling down on the case that his election brought “pride” back to Florida, something he has said before in New Hampshire.

“Florida’s got moxie,” DeSantis said, apparently quoting a magazine in talking about the “pride” he says the state now has.

“Basically they said, you know, it’s the free state of Florida where woke is broke, where men are men and where business is booming,” DeSantis continued. “And I’m like, you know what? That’s not a bad slogan.”

That line evoked applause from New Hampshire legislators on hand.

The Governor made the same case last month addressing the New Hampshire GOP at the Amos Tuck Dinner.

“I was born and raised in Florida, and it’s only been recently that we’ve developed a sense of state pride ourselves,” DeSantis said. “We’re proud to have stood up for freedom in the last few years when it wasn’t easy. We did it our own way and I’m proud of that.”

“But I must admit, we draw inspiration from the people here in New Hampshire,” DeSantis continued. “Because more than any other state, you don’t mince words when it comes to your stand on liberty. You say it very clearly: Live Free or Die.”

The Governor is making his case for how he brought “pride” to Florida amid struggles with New Hampshire polling.

National Research Inc. poll of 500 likely voters in the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary shows DeSantis and Gov. Chris Sununu statistically tied for second place, roughly 20 points behind former President Donald Trump.

In April’s Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, Trump led DeSantis 42% to 22%, with Sununu taking 12% support.

A poll from J.L. Partners shows the Florida Governor way behind Trump also, but still comfortably ahead of Sununu. The former President nearly triples DeSantis’ vote share, 51% to 18%, with Sununu drawing 10% in third place.

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


  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    May 19, 2023 at 11:39 am

    What a narcissistic clown. 🤡

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    • Will

      May 22, 2023 at 1:55 pm

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  • Billy the Bamboozler

    May 19, 2023 at 11:50 am

    All right wing propaganda..and usually the opposite of what they say is always true. Why not run on a platform of bringing the greatest amount of prosperity to the most amount of people? Because that’s not what they are about and there is a bit of honesty to the right wing police state political theatre and the whacko laws. That’s all they plan to do forever. Otherwise, Florida is just another place to come spend your money and leave, and of course retire here so that the buzzards can circle and feed. Who would chose to live here and make less money if they didn’t have to?

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 19, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Florida State Eel Rhon DasPanties says he brought Pride to Florida. In a poll of 2 million gay Floridians, zero agreed with Rhonda’s assessment, but 49 were unable to respond due to being murdered at the Pulse Nightclub for being gay in Florida. Rhonda, never backing down, doubles down on anti-gay rhetoric while claiming he brought Pride to Florida. That is one deluded dwarf, that Rhonda.

    • Billy the Bamboozler

      May 19, 2023 at 12:15 pm

      The stupid names over and over again is getting old and takes away from your point. I agree with you… but you’ve gone off the rails. Clean it up dude.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 20, 2023 at 8:36 am

        You might have a point there. Point taken. Thank ya

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 20, 2023 at 8:37 am

          My thinking was that I am writing to my audience, MAGAs, and they go for the name calling. But you’re right, I’ll dial it back to plain ole Rhonda. That’s plenty 🙂

  • Your Lord Almighty

    May 19, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Those He casts down, first He makes proud.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 19, 2023 at 2:50 pm


  • Beth

    May 19, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Let me correct that for little Ronnie. FL is the place where Republican men are bigoted sexist racist pigs who support sexual predators and despise women. DeSantis is one of the the most ignorant corrupt pieces of garbage on the planet. He cares about no one but himself and would do or say anything for money or power. He belongs in prison and has no business anywhere near our government.

  • Mercury Shampoo Ed 👍

    May 19, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    The legislature is even worse. He just signs their bullsht legislation and otherwise ministry of propaganda for LGBTQ-Anon. Also gets the state sued..uses your money to defend his actions.

  • Michael K

    May 19, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    And according to an article in Politico – sounds like Mrs. Little D is the one calling all the shots, and indeed, he is narcissist even more dangerous than the buffoonish Trump. Taking away basic human rights from people is tyranny, not freedom. And “pride” is an interesting choice of words after Mr. Little D continues to attack LGBTQ+ people from many different angles.

  • KurtinOC

    May 19, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Florida was a loser state, failing state , literally a shit hole till Mullah Ron took over.. After he introduced book burning, banning Disney, Budlight , gays, blacks etc, replacing AP Classes with courses about Jesus , making FL the Taliban of the West.. we are all good now..

  • Tom Palmer

    May 19, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    Just the opposite. He has brought shame to Florida with his childish antics.

  • JJ

    May 20, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Besides the anti gay arguments and the real threat of Disney completely abandoning the state. Ron has given the insurance companies complete control over claims now by taking away rights of consumers to at least attempt to fight a somewhat fair fight. Now forget it, no fair fight possible, the insurance companies are about to run rampant with even more denials and low ball claims handling. It doest stop there. Desantis and Rick Scott have appointed judged to become their judicial rubber stamps. The new tort reform bill clearly states that the new tort reform laws only effect causes of actions brought after the Gov signs the law. Activist R appointed judges like Anne-Leigh Gaylord Moe, Hillsbough County Circuit Judge, just wrote a 40 page opinion that danced around the black and white letters of the legislature to apply the new tort laws retroactively even though that was nor the legislative intent. She was appointed by Rick Scott and selected by DeSantis to be a FL Supreme Court nominee. The fix is in and FL consumers are screwed. Does not matter if you are a R or a D. Everyone just got screwed because the insurance companies bought off Deep State Ronnie. I’m a R and I voted for DeSantis, so this is not a biased comment.

  • M. Mouse

    May 21, 2023 at 11:16 am

    I think he’s just plain goofy. Squeak!

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