WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Florida currently has a law that forces an incumbent official to resign if they seek federal office with overlapping terms.
- But Florida lawmakers are considering to revise the law.
- Florida GOP leaders made the suggestion to allow newly re-elected Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep his office if he runs for president and loses.
Florida GOP leaders are considering revising a “resign to run” law to allow newly re-elected Gov. Ron DeSantis to keep his position if he sought a 2024 presidential campaign.
According to a Politico report on Wednesday, Florida House Speaker Paul Renner and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo suggested allowing DeSantis to keep his office if he runs for president and loses.
If DeSantis were to run, his second four-year term would coincide with the next presidential term that starts in two years. Florida’s law forces an incumbent official to resign if they run for a federal post with overlapping terms.
Back in 2008, the law was revised to allow then Gov. Charlie Crist (formerly Republican) to be added to the late Sen. John McCain’s presidential ticket. Crist made it to the VP shortlist, but McCain ultimately chose then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
The Florida legislature restored the rule four years later.
DeSantis was just recently re-elected as governor when he won against Crist, who ran as a Democrat. He won by about 20 points, while several of former President Donald Trump’s endorsed candidates struggled or lost.
The Florida governor is yet to announce if he would be challenging Trump for the GOP nomination, but many see him to be Trump’s biggest competitor. Political analysts predict that DeSantis’s announcement could come in late spring or early summer when Florida’s legislative session has wrapped up.
The Politico report cited Passidomo saying, “If an individual who is Florida governor is running for president, I think he should be allowed to do it. I really do. That’s a big honor and a privilege, so it is a good idea.”
Trump announced his third presidential campaign on Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago estate. Prior to that, he declared that he got higher approval ratings and more votes than DeSantis, whom he nicknamed “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
Source: Daily Mail