Ron DeSantis heats up war of words with Kevin McCarthy

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'Florida was instrumental in them even having the majority to begin with.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking aim at the Republican Speaker of the House, in his latest attempt to prove he’s the outsider candidate for President.

In Jacksonville, DeSantis took aim at California’s Kevin McCarthy, who said Sunday that the Florida Governor was “not at the same level as President (Donald) Trump by any shape or form,” adding that DeSantis never would have gotten elected in 2018 without Trump’s endorsement.

“If you look at what’s happened with D.C. Republicans, they worked very closely,” DeSantis said.

“You know, look, Donald Trump, he supported Kevin McCarthy very strongly for Speaker. I don’t think he would have won the speaker vote (without him). Donald Trump was instrumental in him earning that Speaker’s gavel and they worked hand in glove really throughout his whole presidency. They were on the same team on every major spending bill that came down the pike and they ended up together adding $7.8 trillion to our national deb.”

DeSantis wasn’t done.

“He said that we’re different. We are different because in Florida, we run budget surpluses. We’ve paid down almost 25% of our state’s debt just since I’ve been Governor,” DeSantis said, before continuing to proclaim his political independence.

“I am not somebody who the D.C. establishment wants to see up there. There’s no question about that because they know that a lot of things will be changing if I’m there,” DeSantis added.

The Governor went on to take credit for McCarthy’s Republicans controlling the House, noting that “Florida was instrumental in them even having the majority to begin with.”

“The reason they even got the majority is because the Governor candidate in New York overperformed and because we delivered a red tsunami in Florida that gave him an extra four seats. That’s the story of the midterm,” DeSantis said.

The Governor did not mention redistricting changing the Florida map from a 15-12 GOP advantage since 2016 to a 20-8 advantage in 2022’s election, nor did he mention the ongoing legal challenge to that “red tsunami” map.

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


  • Debra Hughes

    September 18, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    I am surprised Ron didn’t complain about the House diversity.

  • My Take

    September 18, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    I don’t believe he said it.
    I only noticed one “you know.”
    Though maybe he read it.
    McCarthy as Trump’s creation and stooge is a good theme though.

  • M. Mouse

    September 18, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    DeSantis versus McCarthy, that would make a good cartoon! Goofy and Pluto would be perfect for the parts!

  • Joe

    September 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    This angry pipsqueak lives completely outside the reality that the rest of us inhabit. It’s just Lil Ronnie and Casey and Earl in their own little fairy tale bubble.

  • Michael K

    September 18, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    He forgot to mention his good friend, Gerry Mander, and their sidekick, Voter Suppression.

    • PeterH

      September 19, 2023 at 2:20 am

      Great retort😃😃😃

  • Tom

    September 19, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Strangely, whenever a politician claims that they’ll change everything, it usually ends up being for the worse. One man or woman can’t change the system alone and God knows with so many pigs at the trough, there is not a lot of appetite for anything to change. Sorry rhonda, we’ve heard all this BS before.

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 20, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    desantis, mccarthy, two POS in a pod.

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