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House Republicans say DeSantis had no friends in Congress. Now, many want him to run for president.

“He was not a friendly guy. He was a personal-agenda driven guy,” the MP said. “I used to be with him at the gym every morning and could barely say hello to him. It didn’t seem like he was here like to stay

Another GOP lawmaker was even more critical: “Who is there that you would like to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine or a beer with? His wife. Never Ron. She’s not very collegial. All I have to say is that she’s not very collegial.” Is in the right branch, which is executive.

A spokeswoman for the DeSantis campaign had no comment for this article.

‘His time is now’

Still, nearly all House Republicans interviewed for the article praised DeSantis for leading Florida, from quickly reopening the state after loosening Covid restrictions to liberal “wake ups” in schools and businesses. By flying migrants to fight agenda and highlight issues of border security. Eclectic Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Many are encouraging him to run for the presidency in 2024.

“I think he did a good job as governor of Florida,” said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who headed the House GOP campaign when DeSantis first won election to Congress in 2012. .

“I think his ability to express himself in a national dialogue has been extraordinary,” Sessions said, adding that many Republicans in Texas would support him.

While Sessions has yet to endorse anyone for president, other House Republicans are openly urging DeSantis — who made his first trip to Iowa over the weekend — to jump into the race against former President Donald Trump. The lawmaker, who recently spent time with DeSantis, said it is a foregone conclusion that he is contesting in 2024.

“Yes, he is running,” said the MLA.

Moderate rape. Don Bacon, R-Neb., a retired Air Force veteran, called DeSantis — a former Judge Advocate General of the Navy who was legal advisor to a SEAL team in the Iraq War — a “good listener,” which many Add to that his best boss in the army was an “introvert” like DeSantis.

The then Rep.  Ron DeSantis listens as the representative.  Doug Collins speaking during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC
DeSantis listens to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in 2013. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

“I haven’t endorsed anyone, but I would like him to run. I think he should. He’s done a great job in Florida,” Bacon said, noting that DeSantis once ran purple Florida for about 20 years. Won re-election with a drop of percentage points.

“So that’s winning swing voters, Democrat voters. That’s what we need at the top, because that’s what it takes to win the presidency,” he continued.

A CNN poll on Tuesday showed a rise in DeSantis’ popularity among likely Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents; 36% said they supported DeSantis, while 40% supported Trump.

“I can’t see him waiting four years longer than a junior Heisman winner playing more college football before entering the NFL draft,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R.D., who served with DeSantis in the House, said in a statement. said in the interview. “He continues to impress as governor, but we all know how quickly that can change due to circumstances beyond his control.

“His time is now for sure, may be later.”

series of events

DeSantis’ route to the Governor’s Mansion was not a straight line. Along with Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and Mick Mulvaney, he was one of nine founding members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, which pushed Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, into early retirement in 2015 and then Kevin McCarthy, R. Blocked. -California, from becoming his successor as speaker.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. DeSantis launched a bid for the Senate that same year after he jumped into the presidential race. But when Rubio lost his home state to Trump and instead sought re-election, DeSantis decided he would remain in the House.

The chain of events was fortuitous, two years later leading DeSantis to the governor’s office, an executive seat that former aides say he likes much better. DeSantis was trailing the GOP establishment’s nominee, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for most of the 2018 race, but surged in the polls after Trump pledged his full endorsement. In the general election, DeSantis was defeated by Democrat Andrew Gillum by 0.4 percentage points.

With DeSantis now threatening to challenge Trump for the party’s nomination, Trump is portraying him as unfaithful and says he may regret his past endorsement. “He was dead as a dog. He was a dead politician,” Trump told reporters on a flight to Iowa this week.



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