Ron DeSantis says Casey DeSantis has ‘zero’ interest in being Governor
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

The First Lady wouldn't want to deal with campaign 'nonsense.'

Florida’s Governor is speaking out about the First Lady potentially running to succeed him, downplaying Casey DeSantis’ interest in the job.

Ron DeSantis said that if he “had to characterize her interest in getting into the political thicket as a candidate,” he would “characterize it as zero.”

“But, you know, I think it’s because she’s had a front row seat (for) all the nonsense that goes on when you do it,” DeSantis added while speaking in Coral Gables’ Granada Church.

Surveys have suggested that Florida Republicans might embrace her as a candidate.

A poll conducted in April by Florida Atlantic University and Mainstreet Research showed 38% of 372 Florida Republicans polled would choose the First Lady in a head-to-head race against U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who would receive 16% support in this scenario.

University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab survey from November 2023 showed the First Lady with 22% support, a lead in a crowded field of potential candidates.

It should be noted that 40% of respondents were undecided amid names like U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds, Gaetz, Attorney General Ashley Moody, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz.

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


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      May 13, 2024 at 8:01 pm

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      • Impeach Biden

        May 13, 2024 at 8:57 pm

        Hey Dick. How many people on this board use their real name? How do we know it is really you Dick? You are a perfect reason most people here do not use their real name. Last thing we want is some half crazed hillbilly from Tennessee pulling up to our place of residence, possibly armed. I see your people in Portland. I see your people in Atlanta. I see your people in NYC and Seattle. I want nothing to do with you and your lunatics.


        • rick whitaker

          May 14, 2024 at 12:12 am

          HOWLER MONKEY, i am a man without fear, you are whatever eat up with fear. i use my name, and you hide behind a fake name. is that clear enough for you? you fear me because i make you look stupid. i make you lookbad so you lash out at me like a toddler, or a 15 year old girl. grow some balls if you want to push that maga cult crap. dick cheney and dick nixon are conservatives. that is some dick you like isn’t it.


          • Impeach Biden

            May 14, 2024 at 5:41 am

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          May 14, 2024 at 9:11 pm

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  • My Take

    May 13, 2024 at 4:58 pm

    Good for her.
    And good to announce it now.


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    May 13, 2024 at 5:25 pm

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    Ella Riley Adler, a student at Ransom Everglades School, was enjoying an idyllic Saturday afternoon celebrating a friend’s birthday in Key Biscayne’s Nixon Beach when a boat collided with her before speeding away, WSVN reports.

    Ella, a dancer with Miami City Ballet, was left bobbing in the water as first responders reported “a lot of blood” coming from her body.


  • Michael K

    May 13, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    Ronda might be better at first lady than governor.


  • tom palmer

    May 14, 2024 at 6:39 am

    Did not see any Dems on the candidate list hmmm,,,,


  • Tom

    May 14, 2024 at 7:05 am

    She doesn’t want to be governor and we don’t want her to be governor – it’s a match made in heaven.


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 14, 2024 at 8:02 am

    That makes two of them not wanting to be Florida’s Governor. So why are we still suffering these two in the Gov mansion?

    “Resign to Run” is a thing for a reason.

    Exempting Rhonda from RtR (while also exempting them from Sunshine Laws) was smart of the Flg0P strategery wise for themselves, but at the same time it was awful for Florida.


  • Ian

    May 14, 2024 at 9:49 am

    This announcement by Ron DeSantis can only mean one thing… eventually his wife will run for office.


    • ScienceBLVR

      May 14, 2024 at 10:40 am

      I’d put money on it.. and she’d have a better than average chance of winning, too, sadly.


      • Dont Say FLA

        May 14, 2024 at 11:26 am

        Will need to see her long form birth certificate. And Ron’s long form birth certificate too. People are saying she is just Ron in racoon makeup and less high than his usual heels.


  • Ocean Joe

    May 14, 2024 at 4:35 pm

    The parallels between Desantis and George Wallace keep coming.
    His push to make our education system plantation style, claiming the benefits of slavery and to eliminate Black History classes is reminiscent of Mr. Wallace’s defense of segregation. Wallace’s wife Lurleen, despite her cancer, was ‘forced’ to run for governor to succeed him so he could get around term limits. Would not be surprised if she did run. His presidential run pretty much crapped the bed of Florida politics, so we might be hearing those cow bells again.


  • My Take

    May 14, 2024 at 5:37 pm

    Zero interest now is not the same as won’t run.


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