Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) is anticipated to sign a new bill that would allow him to run for president in 2024 while remaining in his current role as the governor of Florida. The bill was approved by the state Senate with a vote of 28-12 and passed through the Florida House by a margin of 76-34.
Under existing state law, DeSantis would be required to resign from his position within ten days after qualifying for federal office if he decided to pursue a presidential bid. However, this legislation will enable him to maintain his governorship during the election cycle.
Supporters of Gov. DeSantis are encouraging him to announce his candidacy as early as May 11th due to former President Trump's growing popularity among voters. Despite these calls, sources close to DeSantis have suggested that such an announcement might still be premature at this stage.
In response to criticism from Democrats who argue that this change benefits only one individual, Republicans maintain that the bill is not specifically aimed at Gov. DeSantis but rather addresses an outdated requirement.
"It's important for our elected officials on both sides of the aisle not just focus on partisan politics," said State Rep. John Smith (R-District 24). "This update ensures fairness across all candidates regardless of their status."
On the other side, Democrats see it differently: "It appears that Republicans are changing rules simply because it suits their political agenda," commented State Sen. Jane Johnson (D-District 18).
Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected sign this legislation into law shortly after Florida's legislative session concludes on May 5th, potentially paving way for a major contender in upcoming presidential elections without having them step down from their current position as leader of America’s sunshine state.