Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, focuses his star power where it matters.
DeSantis, arguably the second-most popular Republican in national politics behind former President Donald Trump, will appear at hard-fought GOP primaries in swing states to promote candidates backed by Trump.
And destroying at least one leftist dream for a Republican Party split prior to the midterm elections in November.
Christina Pushaw, a DeSantis spokesperson who has brought bashing liberals to an art form, advertised the impending appearances through Twitter on Monday, as originally reported by Fox News.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 8, 2022
According to Fox News, the conservative group Turning Point Action is hosting the series of events under the theme “Unify and Win.”
This may appear to be the type of campaign rhetoric that surfaces during every electoral season, but it has an unique significance in the context of DeSantis, a rising star in GOP politics, and Trump, the dominating GOP figure of a generation.
There is little leftists could desire for more than an open rift between Trump and DeSantis, and many on the right would welcome the same.
But DeSantis’ alliance with Trump in some of the same competitive states that might have – and should have – made Trump president for a second term in 2020 sends a clear message that a GOP civil war in 2022 is not in the cards.
According to Charlie Kirk, founder and CEO of Turning Point Action, “Gov. DeSantis is the governor of the United States and one of the most popular politicians in America.” “He has become the paradigm for a new conservative movement prepared to stand on principle and fight for his people’ ideals.”
Fox has identified the candidates DeSantis is supporting thus far as follows: Doug Mastriano, a Pennsylvania state senator seeking the governor’s office in Pennsylvania; author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in Ohio; U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, seeking re-election in New Mexico; venture capitalist Blake Masters, running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona; and former television journalist Kari Lake, seeking the governor’s
More on this story via The Western Journal:
It’s unclear whether that list is final, but it raises at least one intriguing question. In addition to Mastriano’s run for governor, Trump endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, yet DeSantis isn’t listed as appearing on his behalf. Oz has apparently distanced himself from Trump since his squeaky-close primary win, so is he not seeking DeSantis’ support? Was DeSantis not interested in supporting Oz? Was it an issue of scheduling?
Those questions could decide the fate of the evenly divided U.S. Senate, where Democrats hold power solely because of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. But if Oz is trying to win Pennsylvania without the kinds of voters who support Trump and/or DeSantis, Democrats can practically put that one in their column now. CONTINUE READING…