EXCLUSIVE: Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis’ team has clarification on a super PAC supporting him as a candidate for the 2024 presidential race and the future of the Republican Party.
In a letter sent Friday to DeSantis donors, Benjamin Gibson, DeSantis legal counsel, said he “recently learned through media reports that a Super PAC named ‘Ron to the Rescue’ (‘PAC ‘) is formed to spur a possible presidential candidacy for Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024. This is similar to other ‘pro-DeSantis’ PACs that have formed and continue to use Ron DeSantis’ name and likeness to fundraise without his permission or approval.
“Well-intentioned or not, the organizers of these PACs have not been in touch with DeSantis leadership, and such efforts can create confusion among supporters of the governor and his policies,” Gibson wrote.
To advance a DeSantis presidential bid in 2024, the PAC states on its website that America needs “someone with the courage of President Lincoln, the charm of President Reagan, and the determination of President Trump.” DeSantis has not announced a presidential candidacy.
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The PAC, noting DeSantis’ “historic victory by a margin of nearly 20 percent” over Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist in the Sunshine State gubernatorial election on Nov. 8, said it was “clear that Governor Ron DeSantis is the front-runner in the the restoration of America’s state of emergency and once again put America First!”
“It is important for supporters to understand that Governor DeSantis and his team are not affiliated with Ron to the Rescue PAC, have not authorized it to conduct activities on their behalf, and that contributions to Ron to the Rescue ‘ PAC will not benefit Governor DeSantis or his agenda,” Gibson said.
The PAC was reportedly founded by GOP strategist John Thomas, who serves as founder and president of political advocacy and strategy group Thomas Partners Strategies.
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In an interview with Business Insider last week, Thomas said DeSantis’ performance in the Florida midterm election was “the perfect political cascade of events for the governor.”
The PAC has also been busy producing ads that would promote DeSantis’ leadership in Florida and would promote his candidacy should he seek the GOP nomination for president in 2024.
“We couldn’t be prouder to support Ron Desantis 100% as our nation desperately needs strong, battle-hardened leadership,” Thomas told Fox News Digital in a statement on Saturday.
Thomas said that as Super PAC, Ron to the Rescue does not coordinate or communicate with the Governor.
“The intention of our group is to lay the groundwork and harness the energy for Ron DeSantis to hit the ground running if he decides to officially run,” Thomas said.
“With the governor not currently a presidential candidate, we have taken the lead to represent and organize Americans who feel passionately that we need Ron DeSantis to lead our nation. We see it as vitally important to get organized and communicate with Americans now, lest Donald Trump and other potential Republican candidates gain an advantage in the meantime. Since our launch, we have been encouraged and excited by the overflowing support from Americans across the country who want and believe that Ron Desantis should be the next President of the United States,” Thomas told Fox News Digital.
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While DeSantis has not signaled whether he will run for president in 2024, several Republican strategists and voters are urging him to enter the race after former President Donald Trump announced a third run for the White House this week.
At a rally earlier this month, Trump mocked DeSantis, referring to him as “Ron DeSanctimonious,” in what appears to be a sign of growing tension.