Casey DeSantis says it’s ‘humbling’ to be talked about as a 2026 candidate

The Governor said last week she had 'zero' interest in running, yet the First Lady didn't say that on Tuesday.

Will she or won’t she run?

That’s the question surrounding First Lady Casey DeSantis regarding the 2026 race for Governor.

Yet while she acknowledges the speculation is “humbling,” she’s also maintaining that the seeming enthusiasm for her running is due to her “rock star” husband Ron DeSantis and the job he’s done as the state’s Chief Executive.

“I will tell you this, when people talk about me running for Governor, I think it speaks highly about the Governor himself,” Casey DeSantis said. “I think when people see me, it is because they are so happy about everything that this Governor has done for the state of Florida.”

“And so when people start talking about, ‘Oh, you know, you should run,’ that’s because Gov. DeSantis is a rock star and that’s because people are so proud of everything that he’s done for this state,” she added.

The First Lady made the comments on the Conservative Review podcast, and they are among her first on-record comments regarding her potential political future.

Last week, Ron DeSantis addressed a 2026 run, all but ruling it out on Casey DeSantis’ behalf.

He 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,” Ron DeSantis added.

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


  • Frankie M.

    May 21, 2024 at 4:52 pm

    When reacher for comment Harrison Butker allegedly said, “Casey better get back in that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans if she knows what’s good for her.”

  • rick whitaker

    May 21, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    are the people of florida going to vote for some one as phony as casey desantis? atleast half of the voters might.

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  • MH/Duuuval

    May 21, 2024 at 9:00 pm

    Can Florida MAGAs say Lurleen?

  • My Take

    May 21, 2024 at 9:26 pm

    Crock star is more like it.

  • Jojo

    May 22, 2024 at 7:45 am

    Dear god spare us. Do I need to remind Floridians about that truly awful, tearful, “ my brave husband stepped up to the plate and took care of my children(!!!) when I was lying on the floor suffering from cancer” ?
    What Casey considers heroic and laudatory, most sentient human beings look at it as part of being a husband and father.

    • My Take

      May 22, 2024 at 11:00 am

      He’s a shlock star.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 22, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    She would need to ditch Losing Rhonda first to have any chance at all.

    Ditch that loser, Casey. Ditch Rhonda.

    Rhonda didn’t have to resign for what they did, but you, Casey, you can fire him. You will have to fire Rhonda if you want to see any success in your own life and/or your kids lives.

    Ditch Rhonda or be forever shunned. Those are the choices. Not that I offer those choices. They’re just the choices IRL.

  • Women have no rights

    May 23, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    Get your @zz back in the kitchen where you belong! A woman’s place is barefoot pregnant and in the kitchen not in politics! You can play sports but that’s as far as it goes! This is the rich white mans world and you’ll find that out as we move away from attacking Disney and now attack Starbucks! What a freaking joke these MAGAt right wing nuts are. Enough is enough

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