While the midterm elections may not have been as electric as Republicans had hoped, they nonetheless did manage to send a lightning bolt straight through the center of the GOP, courtesy of a stunning victory from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis whose leadership over the past two years not only led to the public execution of opponent Charlie Crist’s political career, it turned the nation’s most contentious battleground state solidly red.
In beating Crist by a whopping 19 points on Tuesday, the national cry for a DeSantis 2024 ticket has been deafening on Twitter, made only louder by former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overshadow the governor’s success.
“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million?” Trump posted on Truth Social. “Just asking?”
Some of the responses were less than warm.
Yes, before all the midterm votes have even been counted, it seems the race for the White House is already on, but before Trump tries to land too many DeSantis punches, he’d best be aware of the governor’s secret weapon: His incredibly popular, clearly ambitious, former television anchor wife, Casey DeSantis.
“Insiders say it is Casey, 42, who molded her husband’s fortunes,” the Daily Mail reports. “She is, according to those in the know, widely recognized as his closest advisor and confidante, a de facto member of his staff and a driving force behind his success whose influence has been compared to that of Nancy Reagan over her husband.”
Those insiders told Vanity Fair that Casey acts as an “emotional tuning fork” to her husband, whom ex-staff has allegedly called a “bully” with “the personality of a piece of paper.”
Even a battle with cancer, which went into remission in March, didn’t slow Casey down.
She publicly thanked her husband for being “the dad who took care of my children when I couldn’t,” and then got back to work, “attending almost all of her husband’s campaign events and even answering his emails,” the Daily Mail noted..
WATCH: Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis thanks Ron DeSantis for helping her defeat breast cancer
"When I was diagnosed with cancer… He was the dad who took care of my children when I couldn't. He was there to pick me off of the ground when I could not stand." pic.twitter.com/Ha2RTJumlL
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) October 10, 2022
It’s the kind of devotion that endears the stunning couple to the hearts of not just Floridians, but to all conservatives.
“I don’t know if DeSantis is going to run…” Trump said, according to DailyMail.com. “But if he did run I could tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him other than perhaps his wife,” who Trump went on to say is the one “who’s really running his campaign.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2022
Trump is expected to formally announce his candidacy now that the midterms are over, and according to Blaze TV host Steve Deace, the fight between him and DeSantis is going to get “very personal.”
The Rolling Stones are going back on tour next summer, folks, and so is Trump. And he's already made it clear the last few days that he intends to make this very personal. He's already brought up cancer survivor Casey DeSantis. And Ron's not even a candidate yet.
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) November 9, 2022
Casey, unlike the much-loved former first lady Melania Trump, is very “hands-on” when it comes to her husband’s career, according to those Vanity Fair insiders.
After DeSantis won Florida’s Sixth Congressional District seat in 2012, “Casey became a de facto member of his staff,” the outlet reported.
“She was looped in on every email and calendar invite,” a former congressional staffer said. “If Casey said jump, we would pull out the trampoline.”
And when her husband claimed victory on Tuesday over Crist, Casey was by his side.
“She was front and center last night, radiant as usual,” Florida Politics publisher Peter Schorsch said.
“We should be celebrating that radiance of an individual who has a history of appearing in front of a crowd with her family and understands how to engage the media in an age of models and the Kardashians,” he told the New York Post. “I hate to say this, but the whole family reminds me of the Kennedys, totally poised and comfortable in front of the camera.”
“If we’ve given Donald Trump high marks because of the years he appeared on ‘The Apprentice,’” he said, “then we have to commend Casey DeSantis for bringing that television experience to the political candidate of the 21st century.”
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