Florida first lady Casey DeSantis receives ‘Women of Distinction’ award, touts hubby’s fight for moms

Casey DeSantis, the much-loved first lady of the Sunshine State, was honored with a prestigious “Women of Distinction” award in South Florida on Saturday and, in her speech, praised her husband, Governor Ron DeSantis, for fighting for the issues that matter most to Florida moms.

Held at Fort Meyer’s St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, the program, since its inception in 2016,  seeks to honor the achievements of Republican women in South Florida. DeSantis, who recently triumphed in her battle with breast cancer, was presented with the Woman of Inspiration Award.

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Speaking at the Women of Distinction Awards Program and Gala, DeSantis said, “We are mamas on a mission to protect our children. In Florida, the buck stops with the parents.”

The first lady pointed to education in Florida and suggested lawmakers in D.C. could learn a thing or two from her state’s policies.

“In Florida, school board members are term-limited,” she noted, “something I wish would apply to members of Congress in Washington.”

Governor DeSantis has received national applause among conservatives for his commitment to rid Florida’s schools of critical race theory and to ensure young children are not exposed to inappropriate, sexual discussions in the classroom.

He has also come out in support of female athletes with a law that prohibits transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.

“In Florida, biological women compete with women and biological men compete with men,” Casey DeSantis said.

DeSantis compared the number of registered Republicans in Florida today to the number when Gov. DeSantis ran in 2018.

This March, Fox News reported, registered Republicans overtook the number of registered Dems by more than 100,000 voters — a first in Florida’s history, thanks largely to new registrants and people fleeing the Democratic party.

“Now, with more folks moving to Florida — you may be asking — will they vote for the failed policies of the states they’ve left behind?” she asked.

“Well, to give you an idea … When the governor was elected in 2018, there were nearly 300,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans,” she said. “There are now 176,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats.”

“I think it’s safe to say that people across the nation fled to Florida for Freedom,” the first lady proudly added.

Last month marked the return to the campaign trail for Casey DeSantis, whose courageous fight against breast cancer captured conservative hearts on Twitter.

On March 3, followers online got the news they were praying to hear.

In a video update, an excited Gov. DeSantis announced that his wife was “now considered cancer free” following “both treatment and surgery.”

“All of you who have had thoughts and prayers that have been given to my family and my wife, I just want you to know, thank you for doing that,” he said. “It’s lifted her spirits. It’s made a tremendous difference.”

“There are no words to express how truly blessed, grateful and humbled I am to hear the words cancer free,” Casey DeSantis wrote. “To those who are in the fight, know there is hope. Have faith and stay strong.

 

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