The Florida legislature issued final approval Friday for a bill that allows state officeholders to run in presidential elections without resigning their current post.
The bill passed along party lines in the state House with a final vote of 76-34 and now goes to the governor’s desk for final approval.
Democrats in the state have criticized the measure, which is wrapped in a larger elections bill, as an accomodation for Gov. Ron DeSantis — the governor is expected to eventually enter the 2024 Republican primary.
“[DeSantis] needs to resign to run if he wants to run for president, period. Last time I checked, being governor is a full-time job. Running for president takes a lot of work,” Democratic Rep. Angela Nixon said Friday.
She added, “If someone wants to run for president, let them. But don’t let the governor hold our state or hold Floridians hostage because of blind and drunk political ambition.”
Republicans have pushed back on this characterization, saying that the change is only a clarification and not meant for any one politician.
“It is an individual office that is unique. It is the chief executive of our country,” Republican Rep. Ralph Massullo said Friday. “This isn’t just for our governor, it’s for anyone in politics.”
DeSantis, who has not yet announced a 2024 presidential campaign, is expected to sign the measure into law.
President Biden declared his own re-election campaign earlier this week, ending speculation that his age may cause him to pass the torch after one term.
Biden, 80, is the oldest person ever to run for president, followed by Trump, 76. DeSantis, meanwhile, is 44.
The idea of changing a law to accommodate a politician STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN and is a real SWAMP move!!!! So DeSantis gets to have his cake and eat it too!!! The people of Florida may be happy with this now but what if in the future the state office holders can’t do both campaign and do their job for the FLORIDIANS!!!! Truly a bad political maneuver!!!!!
I said this before DeSantis even thought about running that it would be a arrogant, elitist, egotistical, Bush era, rino to destroy the 2024 election with the help of a Democrat fraudulently elected communist corrupted election stealing domestic terrorist coup d’etat agenda, supported by treasonous tyrannical three lettered agencies of pedophile protecting, Epstein Island vacationing Democrat constitutional hating, fascist, O.W.O. RAN BY NON ELECTED COMMUNIST CORRUPTED JUDGES & JUDICIAL SYSTEMS ,DEMONICALLY FORCING THEIR ANTICHRIST LUCIFERIAN AGENDA
Desantis was a fool to believe the other RINO’s. I would have voted for him in 2028. I would vote for him as vice pres to Trump. He is not MAGA by himself.
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Florida people dont want this rule changed we voted for DeSantis for 4 yrs
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But comparing to DonnieDOTARD, the ALL TWEETS & NO ACTIONS & CLUELESS DOTARD, MEATBALL here has MORE BALLS when it come to STANDING UP to the WOKETARDs!
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Of course when it comes to 2024, whoever got the RNC nomination, DonnieDOTARD or MEATBALLRon will be head and shoulders above the WALKING VEGETABLE PEDOJoe!