Posted originally on the CTH on April 26, 2023 | Sundance
As expected, the Florida Senate has passed the Ron DeSantis is a liar law, permitting the Florida Governor to run without resigning, by a vote of 28-12.
The previously created Ron DeSantis media group, Florida’s Voice, celebrates the news:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FLV) – The Florida Senate approved an election overhaul bill Wednesday 28-12, which included a clarification to the “resign-to-run” law. The change would exempt officeholders seeking the position of U.S. president or vice president from the state’s “resign-to-run” law. (read more)
Florida’s Voice was proactively created and funded by billionaire donors, during their prior planning phase. The Florida media outlet was created at the same time the ‘social media influencer’ program was put into the DeSantis plan. This is all part of one very long continuum over multiple years. The people who put the plan together simply followed the advice of Johnathan Gruber and “relied upon the stupidity of the Florida voter” not to notice it.
Meanwhile, NBC is breaking exclusive news the Ron DeSantis team plan to launch the official announcement mid-May. Several weeks ago, after one of the official campaign contractors was hired, CTH shared what NBC is now confirming.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to jump into the presidential fray as soon as mid-May, four GOP operatives familiar with the conversations told NBC News.
One of the sources emphasized that it would be an exploratory committee, with the official launch coming soon after.
Some of his backers are urging him to declare as early as May 11, in an effort to counter the creeping national narrative that former President Donald Trump is the overwhelming front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination. Others in the governor’s orbit, however, have argued that that date would be too soon, according to two of those sources. All emphasized, however, that mid-May is the target.
[…] In a clear sign of movement on the campaign front, national political vendors descended on Tallahassee this week, vying for work on DeSantis’ forthcoming campaign.
“There has been an influx of national firms in town over the last few days,” said one of the Florida Republican operatives familiar with the meetings. “It feels like a team that is staffing up, not scaling down.”
A second operative said they signal a likely presidential launch sooner than some expect, even as DeSantis has increasingly faced headwinds and fledgling poll numbers in recent months. “Large campaigns require in-house planning, and this has been ‘vendors: assemble’ week in Tallahassee,” said a third source familiar with the meetings. (read more)
Ron DeSantis is not a nice person. Actually, he is very shallow and not liked by the people in his orbit. It will be very easy to get information from the campaign folks, because they are only in it for the money. The RdS campaign will leak like the Cruz team did in 2016, same dynamic. The discovery of this is why many of the Sea Island billionaires are now pulling back from their full-throated support.d
[…]Republican megadonor Ken Griffin is reportedly hedging his bets on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ potential 2024 presidential campaign. […] Ken Griffin has since privately expressed concerns over some of DeSantis’ positions, including his quiet signing into law of the state’s strict, six-week abortion ban and his comments downplaying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to The Times.
Griffin, the Citadel CEO with a reported fortune of almost $30 billion, has met in private with DeSantis and will “still likely” donate to him once the governor officially launches his campaign, one source predicted to the newspaper. But he may also “give to other candidates” who appear able to beat Trump, the source added. (link)
[…] John Catsimatidis, CEO of Gristedes, knocked DeSantis’s communication skills, telling the Washington Examiner that DeSantis does not even return his phone calls. “Why would I support somebody to become president of the United States that doesn’t return phone calls?” he asked.
[…] Top Republican donor billionaire Thomas Peterffy is among mega donors who has openly put support for DeSantis “on hold” as well.
“Because of his stance on abortion and book banning . . . myself, and a bunch of friends, are holding our powder dry,” he said, adding that other donors are “waiting to see who among the primary candidates is most likely to be able to win the general, and then put all of our firepower behind them.”
Republican megadonor Ken Langone has also voiced concerns about backing DeSantis. (link)
As more voters get to see the inauthentic nature of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is generally not a very astute person and likely more driven by the tiara dreams of his wife Casey, we can expect to see his current status of around 20 to 25% remain his floor and ceiling. Additionally, as the Florida voters feel the economic crisis that DeSantis has left unattended in his quest for aggrandizement, he will likely lose his home state.
With Ron DeSantis playing the role of Ted Cruz, Mike Pence will play the role of John Kasich and Nikki Haley will play the role of Carly Fiorina as the 2016 history rhymes.
Keep in mind, the SuperPACs are fat with cash, they will drag this DeSantis run out until the coffers are empty. The consultants will all be paid from the RdS funding mechanisms, and with the RNC pumping money into stupid indulgency stuff, DeSantis represents the only campaign that can facilitate the scale of the consultant grift at the national level they demand.
The variable this time is the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) who show every indication this time around of manipulating all their state voting systems to undermine Trump and support the DNC nominee if needed.