Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) has now reportedly become the second House Republican to throw their support behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for president on Wednesday.
This is despite the fact that Governor DeSantis has not yet launched a campaign for the White House.
Rep. Massie is a member of the House Republican Conference.
In a statement that was sent by the Never Back Down super PAC, which is backing a presidential candidacy by DeSantis, Massie referred to the Florida governor as a proven “dynamic leader.”
In endorsing DeSantis, Massie follows in the footsteps of Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and does so in advance of DeSantis’s widely anticipated declaration that he would run for president in 2024.
— Thomas Massie for Congress (@MassieforKY) April 5, 2023
At the conclusion of the legislative session in Florida in May, DeSantis has stated that he will decide whether or not to run for president.
Yet, in the meantime, he has begun a book tour, which has taken him to many important primary states, including Iowa.
Although Roy and Massie are the only House Republicans who have officially declared their support for DeSantis at this juncture, other Republican members have stepped into the contest in support of former President Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R).
This endorsement comes just one day after Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts in New York for his alleged role in organizing hush money payments to an adult film star in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
He is the first president, either now serving or formerly serving, to be hit with criminal charges.