Let Ron be Ron? Nikki Fried says that’s the problem

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'I'm not surprised that his campaign is failing.'

The chair of the Florida Democratic Party got in some shots about the troubled presidential campaign of the state’s Republican Governor.

During an interview on Wednesday’s edition of MSNBC’sThe Beat with Ari Melber,” Nikki Fried offered commentary on the new DeSantis campaign theme to “Let Ron Be Ron.”

“Ron is being Ron,” said Fried, a former Agriculture Commissioner who served four tense years in the Cabinet with DeSantis.

“This is who he is,” Fried said. “I mean, if you could take clips from him for the last four years when he was yelling at reporters in 2020 during the pandemic, I mean, he has gone to these extreme, extreme culture wars that don’t resonate not only here in the state of Florida, but across the country.”

From there, Fried suggested his campaign strategy was myopic.

“And so I’m not surprised that his campaign is failing because you can’t run for president of the United States that the most powerful person, not just in the U.S., but in the entire world based on cultural wars and hate and fear and ridicule and going after people and think you’re going to have a successful presidential campaign,” Fried said. “He’s failed the people of our state.”

“And I’m so happy that the rest of the country is starting to pick up that Ron is actually being Ron.”

Fried was asked if DeSantis would return to Tallahassee and take even harsher positions if he loses the presidential race. She said he would, and called on Republicans in Tallahassee (many of whom endorsed DeSantis preemptively) to stand with Democrats in opposition to the Governor.

“Are they going to continue following this path with him or are they going to finally stand for the true conservatism that the Republican Party has always been known for?”

“He’s going to want his pounds of flesh, but it’s going to be on the Republicans of Florida to fight back with us and to stand united for the people of our state,” Fried said.

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


  • tom palmer

    July 26, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    It seems possible that once DeSantis is no longer a viable presidential candidate and is nothing more than a lame-duck governor, the sucking up may wane.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 26, 2023 at 9:37 pm

      The little guy is seething inside. He’s going to explode with anger and resentment. Florida’s government, and probably also citizens to some degree, but mostly the government, are going to bear the brunt of Rhonda’s raging.

      Florida’s Government is super majority GOP. They can fix their mistake, or they can face Rhonda. Well, their chests can face Rhonda’s face unless he brings his standing tall box.

      • My Take

        July 27, 2023 at 5:42 am

        “seething inside.
        going to explode,
        anger and resentment.”

        We need to make sure then that he hears a lot of “loser,” “failure,” “washed up,” ” lame duck,” “Tiny D,” “shorty,” “60-Second Man.”

        • Dont Say FLA

          July 27, 2023 at 11:36 am

          Great idea, but to execute, how do we con Casey back in the sack with Florida’s little guy?

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 26, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    The folks who exempted the Raging Rhondaroid from Resign to Run are going to regret that decision for the next couple years. Is it too late to undo the Resign to Run Except Rhonda exemption? No.

    No it is not too late. There is another legislative session before the Presidential election. Resign Ron the DAY the opportunity once again presents itself.

    Now RHonda might effectively be an idiot but he’s not a 100% dumb person. He will drop out of the Presidential race prior to reinstatement of Resign to Run. Make sure the Rhonda un-exemption applies to him no matter how he tries to weasel out of it.

    I recommend finding the Rhonda exemption to be unconstitutional such that it should always have been in force and Rhonda therefore must resign because he ran.

    Also, pray for something that requires a special session prior to the next regularly scheduled session. When Rhonda invokes the special session for whatever reason, undo the “Except Rhonda” part of Resign to Run Except Rhonda.

  • Inquirer

    July 26, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    Who is this B to judge? She couldn’t even make it to the general.

    Now she fails upward and she thinks she “leads” something.

    • Silly Wabbit

      July 26, 2023 at 10:24 pm

      You kwazy.

    • My Take

      July 26, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      I like her frequent baiting of Rhonda.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 27, 2023 at 11:34 am

      Being that she’s a female, it’s very apparent that misogynists don’t like her. Therefore, there’s no need for Inquirer to chime in when this is all you got: “Whatabout her vuh giner?”

  • Impeach Biden

    July 27, 2023 at 7:09 am

    She is a certifiable lunatic. Her so called “science” bud, Rebekah Jones, is as nutty as she is. Of course MSNBC, the Prime Time version of The View gives her air time. She still got rolled by Charlie Crist and DeSantis would have crushed her as well. Just go away Nikki or find yourself a litttle liberal enclave like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to spew your BS.

    • My Take

      July 27, 2023 at 8:32 am

      The real dregs in Florida’s political sphere–starting with the slavery-symp DeSantis–make even just-normal people look lofty.

      • Impeach Biden

        July 27, 2023 at 11:30 am

        Slavery? Really in the state of Florida or even in this entire country? You are free to leave anytime you like.

        • My Take

          July 27, 2023 at 1:42 pm

          Slavery-SYMP DeSSgustus perverts history.
          But he will be gone in a few years at most

        • Silly Wabbit

          July 27, 2023 at 2:26 pm

          You kwazy.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 27, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      The vuh gina equipped folks in Florida that are sane are the Moms For Liberty, right? LOL @ IBS

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronalds Unofficial Campaign Manager" American

    July 27, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Good mornting America,
    The alledged “failing” of “The Ronald’s” campaign is just a Democratic narraitive based on the always left leaning early polling.
    Not True.
    It will be a lot easier for everyone on the left to pre-lubricate your brains to the fact that “The Ronald” is going to be your next POTUS for 8 glorious years of American prosperity and American exceptionalism.
    Do your selves a favor my fellow posters of the leftist pursuasion and pre-lube your brains so this “New to You” big concept will just slide right into your brain with just a little pain. Just Lube Up.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Earl Cares About You” American

    • Chris The Big Man

      July 27, 2023 at 7:56 am

      Great advice Earl,
      Its important to help the Democrats feel comfortable when really big ideas are being ramed into their tiny brains.
      Thanks Earl for caring about our less fortunate and mentally challanged citizens. Earl how much will it cost to get you away from Ron and working as the unofficial Christy Campaign Manager? I was kind of wanting to win this one..
      Thanks again Earl. cc

      • Silly Wabbit

        July 27, 2023 at 3:06 pm

        You kwazy.

      • Keisha

        July 28, 2023 at 10:07 am

        I wonder what it’s like for Chris and Earl to have a low IQ and then loudly proclaim they are right. Look up the Dunning-Kruger effect; you are both at the beginning of the curve. Try reading actual publications and scholarly articles; Alex Jones, Breitbart, and Ben Shapiro are not reliable sources of information.

    • Ocean Joe

      July 27, 2023 at 9:40 am

      Since Iowa is a caucus state, polls may not match organization. Unfortunately for you, and fortunately for the USA, Desantis’s team is as awkward as he is, with the weird commercials and his equally weird pronouncements.

      He’s gone off the tracks like a freight train overloaded with horrible ideas.

  • Mother Superior Slapshot, Bishop Hedman Academy

    July 27, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    My goodness gracious me. “Let Ron be Ron” implies that someone, or something, has somehow been forcing Ron to be someone else. And I think that is just terrible. We need to find out who or what has been forcing Ron to be whoever it is he’s been up till now, now that he’s allowed — or asking to be allowed — to be Ron. Once we find out who or what the mind-bending culprit is, we will insist they let Ron be Ron. We will set Ron free! Free to be Ron, free to talk like Ron, lead like Ron, run like Ron. Free to be a better man, a better human being — I’m sure that’s what he has in mind. My good friend Sister Mary Laffbottom (she’s French) says “Fat chance to that,” but I’m rooting for the soon-to-be real Ron, bless his heart.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 27, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      It’s CaCa CaCa Casey. Rhonda is her little Chia pet.

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