Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be planning his next bid for higher office, as GOP Senate leadership reportedly submitted a measure Thursday to revise election rules.
A move that could potentially clear the way for DeSantis to run for President while still Governor of Florida.
It is quite possible that the leadership of the Republican Party will make an effort to alter the legislation, much as they did for former governors Scott and Crist, so that they may run for federal office while still retaining the freedom to serve as governor.
Considering the beginning of the next presidential term would occur in January 2025, which is in the midst of DeSantis’s second term as governor, lawmakers would undoubtedly need to make amendments to enable him to continue serving as governor for as long as is necessary while also running for President.
They are likely going to alter it back when the next campaign for the White House has been decided, just in case the upcoming contest for governor is won by a Democrat.
Currently the regulation in Florida law reads as follows: “(4)(a) Any officer who qualifies for federal public office must resign from the office he or she presently holds if the terms, or any part thereof, run concurrently with each other. (b) The resignation is irrevocable.”
On April 4, there will be the first hearing before a committee regarding this amendment to the election law.