Donna Deegan says Floridians would prefer Ron DeSantis to Donald Trump

Deegan London Times
'I think most Floridians, or many Floridians, would probably prefer him.'

Jacksonville’s Democratic Mayor isn’t endorsing in the GOP presidential race, but she believes Floridians would prefer their Republican Governor over former President Donald Trump.

“I would prefer Joe Biden in that role, obviously. But I think that, I don’t know, that’s a tough question between the two,” Donna Deegan told the London Times Sunday.

“I think that Gov. Ron DeSantis is certainly extraordinarily popular, has been in the state of Florida. And so I think most Floridians, or many Floridians, would probably prefer him,” Deegan said.

Deegan, elected in May against a candidate DeSantis endorsed, described a “good” relationship with the Republican incumbent, one forged in part because the Mayor worked with First Lady Casey DeSantis during their respective tenures in television news.

“You know, I used to work with his wife. I was in news for about 30 years and his wife, I worked with his wife briefly. And look, you know, whenever there is politics involved, there always has to be a little give-and-take.”

Deegan spent her broadcast news career with First Coast News, an operation the First Lady joined when she became host of the infotainment program “First Coast Living.”

Deegan framed her remarks in the necessity of bipartisan cooperation for common interests.

“I ran on a platform of collaboration that we are a state that is really, truly — and especially Jacksonville — we’re extraordinarily diverse. But we’re almost evenly divided between Democrats to Republicans. So we have to be able to work together,” Deegan said. “And I think that I’ve been pretty effective at that so far and hopefully we’ll be able to continue to build that relationship.”

Deegan added that all parties “want the state of Florida and Jacksonville specifically to be successful.”

See the full interview here.

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


  • Dumb and Floridian

    September 25, 2023 at 9:40 am

    Whites consider EVERY subject within their expertise and Deegan is no exception.

    A true no-nothing. Ron is losing to a pair of folks NOT running for the job; Newsome and Ms Obama.

    Ron isn’t even the first choice amongst sitting governors.

    • Julia

      September 25, 2023 at 1:04 pm

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    • just sayin

      September 26, 2023 at 8:54 am

      Using the phrase “no-nothing” just screams Dunning-Kruger.

  • Debra Hughes

    September 25, 2023 at 9:54 am

    What a pleasant change

  • Earl Pitts American

    September 25, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Good mornting America,
    Right now I, Earl Pitts American, just had a genious poot bubble diverted from my rear and bubble up into my incrediably large political brain.
    Allow me a few moments of your time America:
    Once The Ronald and The Casey are properlly installed in The White House I propose we appoint Donna as our administration’s ground breaking first ever historical and folklorical Ambassador to The Former State of California, henceforth known as Dookifornia due to the Dook 4 Brains political idealogy which has infected and ruined that entire State.
    Also we will be downgradeing Dookifornia from their current State status to a lower tier “Territory” status (much like Purto Rico and Guam).
    Also Donna can serve as The White House Interperator to the remaining Dook 4 Brains Leftists still remaining in our other 49 States. We will put Donna in a little square at the bottom corner of your TV’s right next to that hard of hearing sign launguage person.
    We will decide wether or not to continue Dookafornia’s represantation in Congress at a later time in The Desantis Administration.
    Please leave your comments letting me, Earl Pitts American, know if my latest thought to bubble up in my head is a 👍😀❤️🤩😍🥰 idea or a “Really Great Idea for which an emogee has not even been created yet to properly address such a genious Idea.
    Thank you America,

    • JD

      September 25, 2023 at 10:26 am

      You just admitted your political ideology is pulled from your a55 and you’re a sh!t for brains.

      Death toll EarL Shitts for Brains (with the Big “L” – you know – because he’s a self-proclaimed “LOSER”)

      One cannot make this up.

      “It’s not the heat. It’s the stupidity”

      • Earl Pitts "New Earl" American

        September 25, 2023 at 1:25 pm

        Thank you for your support, love, and respect for me JD,
        I am aware that you suffer from tirretts syndrom and often shout out uncontrollable crazy shizz when your real intent was just to show love for me, your hero, Earl Pitts American, and yes JD, one fine day The Earl Pitts American Medical Research Division will cure your afliction.
        Love you too ” Little Earl”, tell Mom hi,

        • JD

          September 25, 2023 at 2:21 pm

          What’s “tirretts syndrom” EarL?

          “tourette syndrome”

          Astounding they let you out of your mom’s basement.

          • Rick Whitaker

            September 25, 2023 at 8:56 pm

            earl ( born billy) thinks that misspelling everything is funny. as we know, it’s not funny

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 8:44 pm

      stupid comment, not funny


    September 25, 2023 at 10:46 am

    I prefer neither. They do nothing to help the Florida form of living. They will never bring jobs and help the cost of living, insurances are over the top.

  • Linwood Wright

    September 25, 2023 at 10:51 am

    I would prefer a giant meteor.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      September 25, 2023 at 2:23 pm


  • Richard Russell

    September 25, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Who cares what a partisan Democrat thinks. They are the problem with our country. Their thinking and corrupt/Marxist agenda in communities they preside over is destroying our Constitutional Republic!

    • TJC

      September 25, 2023 at 1:14 pm

      Marxist agenda my rosy red. Once again, I challenge you to correctly define Marxism and/or Socialism and/or Communism. You will have to Google a reliable source, because you very clearly are not well-educated in political history. You see Marxists everywhere, so either you should be living back in the 1950’s or get your head examined for paranoia.

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 25, 2023 at 8:50 pm

        i think richard russell is just stupid. stupid people believe what they want to hear.

    • TJC

      September 25, 2023 at 1:20 pm

      However, that said, I do agree that the Mayor of Jacksonville, a Democrat, has no business cheerleading for DeSantis or Trump, much less deciding for herself what most Floridians think about the two candidates. Like you said, who cares what she thinks, it’s none of her business.

    • TJC

      September 25, 2023 at 1:23 pm

      Looks like my original reply to you — which was awaiting moderation — was bumped by my next thoughts. My original reply had to do with your careless and incorrect use of the term “Marxist” along with a challenge to define it correctly, something I do not think you could do without Googling a reliable source first.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 8:45 pm

      stupid comment from a fool

  • Lonnie

    September 25, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Oh, a “partisan Democrat”?? Like there are no partisan GQP Commie loving traitors to this great country??
    And Deegan has more political knowledge in her little finger than the seeming illiterates posting here.
    And Mr. The Piits could use a little psychiatric help.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 8:47 pm

      billy boy (earl) is just stupid, no psychiatrist needed.

  • Cheesy Floridian

    September 25, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    I am a Floridian and do not like nor support desantis

    • Debra Hughes

      September 25, 2023 at 2:35 pm

      Or Trump if I answered that

  • JD

    September 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Both suck, Trump is about Trump. DeSantis used culture wars as steppingstones for the primaries (ineffectively).

    And now we are left with the roiling idiots like Pitts, Mom’s for Liberty and Nazis feeling emboldened.

    I hope the silent majority votes to put these assh0les in their place and out of any type of power.

  • margaret

    September 25, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    Does anyone monitor these comments? They range from outright insane to extremely insulting. I find it useless to try to contribute to any discussion, seriously, about articles presented here.
    If this persists, I will stop reading Florida Politics. I won’t be able to take anything about it seriously.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 8:52 pm

      not everyone is as thin skinned as you.

    • JD

      September 26, 2023 at 8:31 am

      Donna Deegan’s platform of collaboration is a refreshing change from the other narratives (especially the “us vs them” trope), and so far she’s kept too it. I know she got some flack about her news anchor fame helping her election, but observing from a far (I don’t live in Jax) she seems to be keeping that campaign promise.

      As for the quip in the article, she’s not wrong, even if I don’t agree with the sentiment about Trump or DeSantis, I do think a very large swath of Floridians prefer DeSantis over Trump, regardless what the polls say. However only primary election day will tell.

      What did you want to contribute? It’s Earl’s lunacy that get’s him attacked (and him with it), but most time the comments aren’t generally directed at the commentor, but the story and politicians.

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