Country store owner in New Hampshire says ‘no sale’ to Ron DeSantis endorsement

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'I am 100% voting for President Trump.'

Estey’s Country Store in Londonderry, New Hampshire, is known for a “lot of great local products and tasty baked goods.

But after Wednesday, it may become known as an unlikely battleground in the 2024 presidential race, with its proprietor being touted as a Ron DeSantis endorser early in the day, only to renounce that designation by nightfall.

Owner Thomas Estey apparently is not part of what the DeSantis campaign calls “growing grassroots momentum,” as reported locally and spotlighted by the Donald Trump campaign.

“In what is becoming common practice for Ron DeSantis and his campaign, they were caught in a blatant lie about one of their supposed endorsers. The New Hampshire Union Leader followed up with Londonderry businessman Thomas Estey to confirm who he is supporting for President, and to the surprise of nobody, he stated the DeSantis campaign was dead wrong,” Team Trump writes, setting up a devastating quote.

“Ron DeSantis’s team kept bugging me for my endorsement, but I am 100% voting for President Trump,” Estey said. “He is the only one who can save our country from Joe Biden.”

Despite the retracted endorsement, the vast majority of names rolled out Tuesday are on board, including three New Hampshire state Representatives, four former elected officials, most from local offices, four former local GOP Chairs, five elected local officials, and an activist.

As of Nov. 13, Trump commanded nearly 44% support in New Hampshire, according to FiveThirtyEight’s average of polls. DeSantis has actually fallen behind Haley in the Granite State, with less than 11% support to her nearly 15%.

New Hampshire’s Secretary of State has not yet set a date for the GOP Republican Presidential Primary. Still, according to the group Citizens Count, it’s expected to be set for Jan. 23.

Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting DeSantis, released a rebuttal — an image of a signed pledge dated May 7, 2023.

Never Back Down counters. Image via @DaveVasquezFL/X.

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Peter Schorsch contributed reporting.

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


8 comments

  • Raven Fedrik

    November 15, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Thomas Estey’s unwavering support for President Trump despite the confusion surrounding the endorsement speaks volumes. It’s a reminder that individuals are making decisions based on their beliefs rather than political maneuvers. The upcoming GOP Republican Presidential Primary in New Hampshire is sure to be an interesting battleground, reflecting the diverse perspectives within the party.
    #Election2024 #PresidentialEndorsement”

  • Earl Pitts American

    November 15, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Good Morn ‘ting America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, know Tom Estey from high-school back in good ‘Ole Londonderry, NH and he confirmed with me that this whole thing was taken out of context.
    My good ”Ole High School Besty Tommy has assured me, Earl Pitts American, that as a voter his preference is a Trump White House. But what happened is that Tommy as my besty was privy to my, Earl Pitts American’s, master plan of pulling the good ‘Ole “Switch-A-Roo” 🏈 play from back in our Highschool Championship Days on the Democrats (or as me and Tommy call ’em “The Crats”. [This is the plan to, late in the process, have Trump withdraw and give his support to DeSantis … so you see Tommy was just protecting me, Earl Pitts American, when he did not “squeal out The Business” to that Dook 4 Brains” reporter.
    See America , Tommy wasn’t sure what the Dook 4 Brains press knew about my “Switch-A-Roo” and that’s why he stopped talking.
    Then that’s what allowed the Dook 4 Brains reporter up there in good ‘Ole Londenderry, NH to just kind of make the rest of the story up.
    So in closing:
    Just ignore this totally fabrication story designed to allow the minority of voters who plan on voting “‘Crat” to experience some fake joy and hope. Just keep in mind that those twisted “‘Crat” voters will never ever be able to “Relax Their Sphincter’s” to the soothing degree that my members of my fan club are able to “Relax Their Sphincter’s”
    So there is no reason to believe the lying words in the fake “Get DeSantis” story above.
    Thank you America for your complete and total trust in me,
    EPA 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

    • Rick Whitaker

      November 15, 2023 at 10:19 am

      WARNING ⚠ TROLL COMMENT FROM EARL THE SPHINCTER LOVER

    • Nazi Christmas Is Coming

      November 15, 2023 at 11:38 am

      Hamas Earl

  • Michael K

    November 15, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Perhaps the DeSantis campaign should change its logo to:

    Ron!

    Just to capture all the excitement and energy behind his flailing.

    • Tom

      November 15, 2023 at 10:52 am

      He’s flailing so much that one could be forgiven for thinking he was trying out for the swim team at next year’s olympics rather than the primaries but who am I to say.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      November 15, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      Great idea Michael K.,
      I, Earl Pitts American, am going with “The Ronald”.
      But thank you to all my beloved fans above for your “Sage Wisdom, your kind words, and your un-dying love and “Fan-Boy” status of me, Earl Pitts American, I love you one and all.
      EPA

  • Cheesy Floridian

    November 15, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    Lets vote for RFK. The Republicans have shown they are to extreme, the democrats are going with Joe Biden who is too old. Lets vote for an independent person and that person is RFK.

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