Florida’s state legislature appears poised to change a rule that requires lawmakers running for office to resign from their current role — a law that could have a major impact on Gov. Ron DeSantis, who recently won re-election to his post and which is widely rumored to be. is considering a presidential run in 2024.
Florida’s so-called “Resign to Run” law mandates that a sitting legislator running for another office, including a federal office, must submit an irrevocable written resignation “at least 10 days before the first day he qualifies for the office for which he is running.” he intends to search.”
The law was changed in 2008 (the same year former Gov. Charlie Crist was considered for vice president), but was reinstated in 2018, according to Politico.
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo said in an interview with reporters this week that it would be a “good idea” to change state law.
“If an individual who is the governor of Florida is running for president, I think he should be allowed to,” Passidomo said, according to Politico. “I really do. It’s a great honor and privilege, so it’s a good idea.”
Any changes to state election law would likely occur after March 2023, when the state legislative session begins.
DeSantis won his re-election bid earlier this month, easily defeating his challenger Crist, who ran as a Democrat this year after serving as the state’s Republican governor years ago.
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DeSantis has played down rumors of a presidential run, saying such speculation is “purely manufactured,” even as he governs in a similar style to Donald Trump, making sweeping statements about a “woke” culture and sparking feuds with companies like Disney.
After winning re-election by nearly 20 points over his competitor, DeSantis continued to dodge questions about his political ambitions, saying “people just need to relax” when asked about a presidential run that could pit him against Trump.
But talk of him running for higher office has only grown in recent weeks, especially as his popularity has grown despite Republican losses in many parts of the country.
As a political source recently told PEOPLE, DeSantis “is popular with Florida Republican voters, which is a good indicator of how he would do statewide. He’s not afraid to talk about unpopular issues, and more importantly, he’s not afraid of Donald Trump.”
Trump appears to have noted DeSantis’ rise in the Republican Party. The former president has been slow to criticize the man who could become his political rival, referring to him as “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a recent rally and claiming he is disloyal in a recent post on his Truth Social social network.
“Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! Fake News asks him if he’ll run if President Trump runs and he says, ‘I’m only focused on the governor’s race, I’m not looking at the future.’ Well, as far as loyalty and class, that there really isn’t a right answer,” Trump wrote earlier this month.
Just last week, Trump officially announced that he would run for president in 2024 — announcing his candidacy amid numerous legal challenges, including an investigation into his conduct on January 6, 2021, when a mob of rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol on his behalf. an attempt to prevent confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory and his handling of classified documents after leaving office.