Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been evasive about his presidential aspirations, but recent reports suggest that he may be preparing for a possible presidential run.
According to the Q1 2023 expenditure report of the Florida Republican Party, the party has paid 24 current or former employees of DeSantis’ 2022 campaign.
These staffing decisions suggest that DeSantis may be taking steps to prepare for a possible presidential run, despite not directly confronting front-runner former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis has been a popular figure in the Republican Party for his handling of the pandemic in Florida and his strong conservative stances on issues such as immigration and education.
The wider staffing approach of the DeSantis team had not been reported before, but it indicates that the governor may be preparing to challenge Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
With the 2022 midterm elections just around the corner, Republicans will be looking for strong candidates to help them regain control of the House and the Senate.