Byron Donalds won’t ‘break news’ about potential Governor run

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Donald Trump is floating him as a 2026 candidate.

A member of Congress from South Florida is being coy with national media about his 2026 plans.

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds is telling Fox Business viewers that he’s not ready to make any announcements about whether he wants to replace Gov. Ron DeSantis in two years.

“You’re trying to have me break news,” said Donalds to host Stuart Varney when asked about gubernatorial intentions if he’s not on the presidential ticket.

“I’m not going to break any news right now. We’re focused on 2024, making sure Donald Trump goes back to the White House to be the 47th President of the United States.”

The context of the question: At a recent New York City fundraiser, Trump suggested Donalds might be a good fit, saying that if he ran for Governor, he’d have “many friends in the race.”

Donalds previously said he would accept an invitation to be Trump’s running mate. Other Trump allies from Florida have been asked about what opportunities the former President’s ascent to the White House would open up for them, and they’ve all dodged the question in various ways, putting the focus on the election itself.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has repeatedly downplayed his chances to be on the ticket, insisting the former President alone knows what ultimately will happen.

U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz, when asked this week if he’d accept VP or Secretary of Defense, insisted he wasn’t “measuring curtains” for a White House job.

Polling has been conducted with Donalds’ name. One survey that omitted Attorney General Ashley Moody and First Lady Casey DeSantis showed him ahead of other potential candidates, but a poll including an expanded field of choices found him with single digit support.

However, a Trump endorsement would bolster any active candidate’s chances, as DeSantis can attest given what happened six years ago.

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


  • Impeach Biden

    May 17, 2024 at 10:23 am

    He would be an excellent Governor. Now of course Dick Whitaker will label him an Uncle Tom.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 17, 2024 at 10:29 am

      Yet again, IBS, you are THE only one using that pejorative nickname for Byron Donalds.

      I’m starting to realize your accusations can be taken as confessions like with G0P politicians and their accusations.

      The real issue with Byron is that he’s running MAGA but are Florida’s MAGAs really ready to vote a black dude into the Governor’s mansion?

      Despite MAGA’s big talk about not being racists, I am not so sure they’re ready to fully commit when the chips hit the road on election day, ’cause talking ain’t walking and the MAGAs are just a bunch of [if Heathers and Karens had babies]

      • Impeach Biden

        May 17, 2024 at 10:34 am

        There it is Don’t Say with Repubs are racist. Donalds district is Naples, which is very affluent and predominantly white. All those “white devils” put him in office. Now go find another conspiracy Don’t Say.

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 17, 2024 at 12:03 pm

          Welllllllll IBS, you the one who keeps saying “Uncle Tom” about Representative Donalds. You are the ONLY one saying that.

          As you say, Naples is affluent which means educated. There’s a lot less racism among the educated no matter what color they or anybody else is.

          But Governor of Florida is a statewide election, including all Florida voters. If Naples decided the Gov, Byron would have a good shot at it. Statewide, however, we shall see.

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 17, 2024 at 2:04 pm

          IBS, why don’t ya pop on over to the Guardian and read today’s news story with the headling “Trump-linked dark-money group spent $90m on racist and transphobic ads in 2022, records show”

          Since you wont’ do that, I’ll copy paste its first sentence here for ya:

          “A dark money group with ties to Trump’s inner circle dropped more than $90m on ads described as vile, racist and transphobic in the second half of 2022 alone, new tax records obtained by Documented and the Guardian reveal.

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 17, 2024 at 2:07 pm

            And just a little more for ya since you won’t be reading the story on the Guardian. For clarity’s sake, Citizen for Sanity is the “Trump-linked dark-money group” referenced above.

            ” Citizens for Sanity is housed at the headquarters of the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), a “nerve center for the right wing” and a key component of Maga political infrastructure. CPI is staffed with former Trump officials – including his twice-indicted chief of staff Mark Meadows and the lawyer Cleta Mitchell – and has launched several other projects, including America First Legal, the legal group created by Meadows and Trump’s anti-immigrant speechwriter Stephen Miller.”

          • My Take

            May 17, 2024 at 3:24 pm

            Hate greases the wheels of today’s GOPerdom.

    • rick whitaker

      May 17, 2024 at 12:27 pm

      HOWLER MONKEY, i have never ever used the words you used about donalds. as i suspected, it seems you are a racist but don’t have the guts to admit it. ii don’t use racist labels like i have seen you use more than once. what a punk you are. i know being a 15 year old girl is hard in today’s world. BTW, only my friends call me dick, you are not my friend.

    • Hung Wiil

      May 17, 2024 at 11:09 pm

      Who cares. I told you last week that Byron Donalds was the next Governor of Florida. This is absolutely where he is going, and he will dominate the whole process. He’s going to be the future of Florida Republicanism.

      • rick whitaker

        May 20, 2024 at 5:55 pm

        HUNG, who flung dung, you flung dung. clean the dung up hung. donalds is a dolt and we all know it. keep flinging dung if you think that will help, ok hung?

    • JustBabs

      May 18, 2024 at 10:41 am

      He’s the GOP Butler. He throws off thug vibes, lies, uses his “soldiers” to intimidate others, and can’t be trusted with the lives of Floridians. It’s really disturbing that we don’t allow felons to vote, or become teachers, but we let them run our government.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 19, 2024 at 1:09 pm

      JD has been swilling the Ozempic and is looking slim and trim. (Still not as pretty as Muhammad Ali, but that’s another era.)

    • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

      May 19, 2024 at 4:52 pm

      Good evening America,
      As we all are aware:
      Given the undisputable FACT that Ron “THE RONALD” DeSantis will be kinda busy “VPOTUSing” Florida will need a Govornor.
      And with Ashley Moody being busy as Trump’s ATTY GENERAL I, Elvis Pitts American, throw my “Massive Support,” behind Byron Daniels.
      Elvis Pitts American
      *elvis pitts american has received no compensation for his endorsement from The Daniels For Govornor*

      • rick whitaker

        May 19, 2024 at 6:10 pm

        EARL PITTS, EARL PITTS, EARL PITTS, my poodle needs his sphincter massaged because of a blockage. can you help since your nickname is the sphincter man.

  • Alexandra Zakhvatayev

    May 17, 2024 at 4:32 pm

    Byron Donalds must be removed as far as possible from global politics. His habitual inaction has proven to be a national security threat.
    -not 1 bill he sponsored passed let alone made it to floor
    -shameful voting record on critical foreign aid
    -failed to secure border
    -failed to reduce spending
    -failed to deliver insurance cuts and disaster relief after historic hurricane destruction in our region
    -has secured zero dollars for sw Florida infrastructure
    -more focused on dc crime than the health of our local forces

    The man delivered on zero promises but I admit, he makes for great national headlines Meanwhile he has abandoned local free press. Best kept secret is we don’t really like him here outside of his ultra polarized far right faction (~ 50k-100k)

    Nov election will be handed to him easily, nevertheless as he faced no challengers in our republican-dominated region

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 18, 2024 at 9:33 am

    “There’s a lot less racism among the educated no matter what color they or anybody else is.”

    This is a dubious, unproven thesis. The entire edifice of tokenism was erected by the well-off. Plus, who’s masterminding everything?

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