TALLAHASSEE — Following Donald Trump’s ringing endorsement of GOP U.S. Congressman Ron DeSantis on Twitter last week, many of the president’s billionaire buddies came out to back DeSantis for a possible gubernatorial run.
Trump, who believes DeSantis “would make a GREAT Governor of Florida,” has been joined by other conservative moneybags, such as Sheldon Adelson, Rebekah Mercer and Foster Freiss, in his support for the Jacksonville native.
DeSantis has established the conservative Fund for Florida’s Future PAC, not to be confused with For Florida’s Future Action Fund, which supports progressive policies on climate change and raising the minimum wage.
David Bossie, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager and the co-author of “Let Trump Be Trump believes billionaire support “sets DeSantis apart from the rest. He will have the financial resources and the ground game and the Trump base to be an incredible statewide candidate.”
If elected, DeSantis would replace Gov. Rick Scott, whose two terms are up. Scott, a Trump ally, may run for the U.S. Senate.
DeSantis, who favors small government and is opposed to a federal investigation into Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election, is a natural fit for Trump and company.
“They see him consistently boosting Trump on Fox. So here they have a prominent national congressman who speaks their language, pushes their issue and defends their president.”
DeSantis is also being supported by big time Trump campaign contributors, such as Bernard Marcus, Thomas Peterffy and David Siegel, the CEO of Westgate Resorts in Orlando, who has said that Trump’s election was “the greatest thing that’s happened to me since I discovered sex.”
Siegel’s wife, Jackie, a former Mrs. Florida dated Trump.
DeSantis, 39, graduated from Yale and Harvard Law School, and was a military prosecutor in the Iraq War before winning his congressional seat in 2012.
DeSantis shares many of the Trump’s conservative views. He opposes gun control, the Affordable Care Act, abortion and same-sex marriage.
He recently criticized Hollywood, calling it “a cesspool,” in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. “I think this is pervasive behavior in Hollywood, and I think it does implicate the media. I think they’ve been complicit in it.”
No word on how he feels about Trump past shady sexual history.
“Trump’s endorsement is incredibly important,” Brian Ballard, a Trump lobbyist said. “The question is, where does it go from the tweet?” More tweets no doubt.