Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken a major step in recent days toward his widely expected announcement in the coming weeks that he will launch a 2024 presidential campaign.
DeSantis severed his connection on Friday to his state political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, and the $86 million that it controls, a necessary step toward running for president, POLITICO reported.
DeSantis cannot use that money in a federal race because state law does not limit how much a person can give to the committee, the report said. However, that money can be shifted to a super PAC that backs DeSantis — like the pro-DeSantis super PAC Never Back Down, which raised over $30 million in just its first few weeks being in operation — if the governor is no longer affiliated with the committee.
The committee updated its site on Tuesday and now says that it is affiliated with state Sen. Blaise Ingoglia (R) and not DeSantis. Ingoglia is a top ally of the 44-year-old governor.
“Friends of Ron DeSantis is a statewide political committee that is committed to advancing the Freedom Agenda and keeping Florida free,” the committee’s website states.
Ingoglia said in a statement that it was “an honor to serve as chairman of this political committee — we will continue to be a pro-parent, pro-student organization committed to protecting parental rights and advancing the Freedom Agenda.”
“This political committee will put children first, bolster and protect parental rights in education, and it will focus on electing the right candidates fighting to safeguard our kids from woke and divisive material in our classrooms,” he added. “I look forward to helping get these candidates across the finish line.”
DeSantis and former President Donald Trump are by far the top two leading candidates for the 2024 Republican Party nomination for president.
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The former president has mounted an aggressive campaign spending millions of dollars attacking the governor in an attempt to dissuade him from entering the race.
Various reports have suggested that DeSantis will announce his presidential campaign sometime between next week and the middle of June. Some reports have stated that DeSantis will first launch an exploratory committee while other reports have said that he will skip that step and will launch an official campaign.