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Florida Republicans Back Plan To Let DeSantis to Run for President While Governor

Both the new House Speaker and Senate President said it would be a “good idea” to change the law.

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Both the Florida House Speaker and Senate President have said they back changing a state law to allow Ron DeSantis to run for president while he is still governor.

Following the impressive Republican results in the midterms, the Florida State Legislature convened on Tuesday, electing Paul Renner as House Speaker, and Kathleen Passidomo as Senate President. In his opening speech, Renner said he would deliver a “bold agenda” as Speaker under the new GOP supermajority in the House, including tackling the “woke” movement.

Both Renner and Passidomo were congratulated by Governor DeSantis, adding that he looks forward to “working together with our historic legislative majorities to continue to keep Florida free.”

Speculation has mounted as to whether DeSantis will challenge 45th President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race. At the moment, a Florida state law known as “Resign to Run,” may prevent him from doing so.

“Any officer who qualifies for federal public office must resign from the office he or she presently holds if the terms, or any part thereof, run concurrently with each other,” the law currently states. The federal restriction was put in place just four years ago.

However, when asked by reporters, Speaker Renner said that it would be a “good idea” to change the law in a hypothetical situation if DeSantis did decide to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

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“You will find me to always try to hone toward being principled and consistent,” Renner said. “This is one area that, going back in history – you don’t have to go very far on a kind of two-second Google search – we’ve been totally inconsistent on. If you think that’s based on anything in your hypothetical, you would be right, and I’ll be very open and transparent about that.”

Passidomo later concurred when asked the same question “If Speaker Renner thinks it’s a good idea, I think it’s a good idea,” she said. “When you think about it, if an individual who is from Florida, who is a Florida Governor is running for president, I think he should run and do it. I really do.”

Jon Mills, a constitutional law professor from the University of Florida, noted that while the statute does mention federal elections, it is not clear regarding presidential runs. “The question is when? What does qualification mean in terms of running for president? Does it mean you are the final nominee or is it when you qualify for the first primary state?” Mills said.

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Others have suggested the law is even less clear than initially presented. Nicholas Warren of the Florida ACLU highlighted that Florida law is very specific as to what constitutes “qualifying” for office, adding that only write-in candidates for president would have to legally “qualify.”

Regardless of current interpretations, Renner confirmed that the House would look at state election law in general, and would likely clear up any confusion with new legislation.

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Jack Hadfield is the Associate Editor at Valiant News. An investigative reporter from the UK, and the director and presenter of "Destination Dover: Migrants in the Channel, his work has appeared in such sites as Breitbart and The Political Insider. You can follow him on Gab @JH, on Telegram @JackHadders, or see his other social media by visiting jackhadfield.co.uk.

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    bob

    November 23, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Joey will “Biden” his shorts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1PatriotForever

    November 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    BIG MISTAKE

    DeSantis should serve his term not get lost in the radical left swamp and the GOP Romney/Bush infested swamp

    Learn how to accept a level where you can help as many people as possible without compromising your soul

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      marlene

      November 23, 2022 at 1:48 pm

      I agree. DeSantis belongs in Florida. Remember the Peter Principle? If DeSantis left, he’d be replaced by a RINO

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    Esther Egan

    November 23, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Dear De Santos, as much as I like you, I feel you are needed in Florida. There is always another time for you to run for President. Let President Trump have his time, he has worked hard to “Make America Great Again”.

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      marlene

      November 23, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Agreed! DeSantis belongs in Florida.  Trump belongs in the White House.  DeSantis runs a state, rather well.  Trump ran the country, the best ever. DeSantis would have a better chance in 2032, if things go the we want them to.

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    marlene

    November 23, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    We would never vote DeSantis out of Florida!  Especially while he’s still governor – remember the Peter Principle. Changing laws is what RINOS do – just like the Democrats.  If DeSantis left, he’d be replaced by a RINO. DeSantis belongs in Florida.  Trump belongs in the White House.  DeSantis runs a state, rather well.  Trump ran the country, the best ever. DeSantis would have a better chance in 2032, if things go the we want them to.

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    dcwalker

    November 23, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    DeSantis is a 44 year old man with a wife recovering from cancer and three small kids, the white house is not what he needs at this time….but down the road

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    Daniel

    November 24, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Of course they did, that way they can sell out to the liberals while DeSantis is in office. When Soros calls, their hands are up. If he runs for President, Florida is finished. Quick.

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