As expected, former President Donald Trump won the top spot in CPAC’s 2024 GOP presidential nomination poll with 55 percent of the vote. In a second poll, participants were asked whom they would vote for if Trump does not run. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was the runaway favorite winning 43 percent. In second place with 11 percent of the vote was South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, followed by Donald Trump Jr. with 8 percent. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas each received 7 percent.
The Florida governor is a pretty impressive guy and his strength in this poll was not a surprise. DeSantis has done a great job for the people of Florida both before and after COVID-19 changed all of our lives.
Unlike New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DeSantis has prioritized the state’s senior citizens, especially when it comes to distribution of the COVID vaccines.
Over the weekend, Yahoo News obtained a copy of a letter written by Florida’s agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried. On Monday morning, Fried sent this letter to Reps. James Clyburn (D-SC), chair of the House Select Committee on the coronavirus crisis, and Steve Scalise (R-LA), the committee’s ranking member.
According to Yahoo, Fried wrote, “’My office has received frequent complaints’ about the state’s vaccine strategy…charging DeSantis with ‘an inept distribution of vaccines at best, and corrupt political patronage at worst.’”
On February 21, Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) had sent a letter to acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson in which he called on the DOJ “to investigate concerns that Governor Ron DeSantis is establishing coronavirus vaccine distribution and administration sites to benefit political allies and donors, over the needs of higher-risk communities and existing county waitlists.”
Crist is asking the DOJ to determine if DeSantis’ has violated federal law.
Pssssst! Charlie! Probably not.
It should be noted that both Fried and Crist are potential “gubernatorial candidates.”
Crist served as the Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. He became an independent in 2010 and a Democrat in 2012.
In an email to Yahoo News:
DeSantis spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice said that “the insinuation that politics play into vaccine distribution in Florida is baseless and ridiculous,” pointing to vaccination clinics at Florida A&M University, a historically Black college, and, in partnership with the Biden administration, in underserved areas of Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. The DeSantis administration has recently held vaccination drives in churches, which has helped to correct racial disparities. Vaccination sites have also come to Walmart and Winn-Dixie outlets.
Townhall reported that Rep. Scalise did indeed receive Fried’s letter and issued a statement. He appears to see Fried’s letter for what it is, politics. Scalise wrote:
Democrats’ approach to the pandemic is all about following politics, not the science. Governor DeSantis is rightly prioritizing seniors for vaccination since they are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, but Democrats shamefully slander his efforts because they only see the pandemic through the lens of politics. Governor DeSantis’ efforts led to almost 50 percent of all Florida seniors to be vaccinated.
Unfortunately, this is part of the Democrats’ broader smear campaign to villainize Republican governors like DeSantis who are following the science during the pandemic by keeping their economies open and prioritizing seniors’ safety. At the same time, Democrats are bailing out governors who continue to fail to save jobs, reopen schools, and distribute the vaccine to the most vulnerable. Many Democrat governors have made terrible, unscientific decisions that led to higher death and unemployment rates within their states. We urge Select Subcommittee Democrats to investigate Governor Cuomo, who purposefully put seniors in danger, instead of governors like DeSantis who chose to prioritize senior safety.
We should expect to see more attacks from the left on DeSantis. His star is rising and he scares the %$&# out of them.
The popular governor has that “little something extra” one often spots in consequential people, before they become consequential.
It’s not his B.A. from Yale or his J.D. from Harvard or even his military service that distinguishes him.
After narrowly defeating his opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race, he quickly became one of the most popular governors in the country.
Like Trump, he gets things done. DeSantis shares Trump’s laser-like focus and his resolve. Additionally, he doesn’t allow the media to intimidate him, calling them out on several occasions.
But there is one major difference between the two men and it is precisely why DeSantis scares the #*&@ out of Democrats.
Unlike Trump, he’s not going to sabotage himself with tweets and actions that can be criticized. He is disciplined which makes him even more formidable than Trump.
In the video below, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough criticizes DeSantis’ handling of COVID-19 in his state. He tells colleagues, “I don’t think anybody would have expected him to foul it up as badly as he has.”
Upon hearing this, The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out the obvious. “The media is legitimately terrified of Ron DeSantis because they know that he has all the upside that Trump had X10 and has virtually none of the downside. That is the only reason that they continue to lie and spread this bulls***.”
Below, a Florida resident responds to Saavedra’s comment:
Best governor in my lifetime by a long shot. Much to love about an elected official that trusts his constituents to do what’s best for themselves and their families. Result: Florida’s economy is alive and well. Go DeSantis.