Outside of the 2022 U.S. Senate race where Senator Marco Rubio (R) has already announced that he will running for a third term, the biggest race in Florida this election cycle will be the governor’s race. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) will face off against one of about half a dozen potential Democratic gubernatorial nominees.
The 2022 mid-term election has officially kicked off.
One of Gov. DeSantis’ potential opponents is Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, whose first gubernatorial campaign video proved to have been an absolute political debacle. Fried has no other choice but to run against DeSantis because if she decides to run for reelection, she will lose against anyone Republicans put up against her. And if Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) decides to get in the race, it’s going to be lights out for Fried, real quick.
Fried, along with just about every single Florida Democrat has been pushing the narrative that DeSantis is the COVID-19 boogeyman, whose “failed leadership” has caused the death of thousands of Floridians.
DeSantis opposed a statewide economic shutdown and mandating citizens to wear masks, two initiatives that Democrats have championed and insisted DeSantis put in place.
We now see how well state-wide economic shutdowns worked for states like California and New York.
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers in Florida. Infections and deaths are down.
But like we said, there are other potential candidates that feel that they could do well against the popular DeSantis.
The Floridian first broke the news that former Florida Governor and current U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D) is strongly considering another gubernatorial run.
Rep. Crist would probably serve as the best chance Democrats have against DeSantis, but will Floridians reject him for a third straight time?
Crist lost his senate race in 2010 to now-Senator Rubio and lost his third gubernatorial bid against then-Governor, Sen. Rick Scott in 2014.
Rep. Val Demings
The former Chief of Police and congressional firebrand, who made a name for herself during the two questionable House impeachment votes against President Donald Trump, is also considering a move against DeSantis.
The problem for Rep. Demings is her left-leaning voting record and her full-throated support for impeachment of the president.
State Rep. Anna Eskamani
DeSantis and his people would welcome this nomination with open arms. Rep. Eskamani is without question the most Progressive/Socialist-minded Democrat legislators in the state. Pro-Life groups are already teeing up the “Baby killer” attack ads.
Eskamani has fully embraced Socialist Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders’ agenda and is currently employed by a group that is funded by Billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Eskamani has even gone as far as to actually defend Soros.
Fmr. U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham
She finished a close second to disgraced 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, whose recent sexual escapades brought unimaginable embarrassment to Florida Democrats, was also first reported by The Floridian.
Rep. Graham has become the Twitter counterbalance to DeSantis and his supporters, railing at just about anything the first-term governor does.
DeSantis attends a political rally, Graham says he is killing Floridians.
DeSantis hits the weight room, Graham says he is only thinking about himself and not Floridians.
DeSantis goes to the bathroom, Graham says that he’s not spending his time wisely as governor.
Graham herself says that it will be very difficult to defeat DeSantis. She’s probably right.
Regardless of who becomes the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Florida, the problem for Democrats is that this election will not be a repeat of 2018.
In 2020, Democrats don’t appear to have a candidate they can all get behind. Some Democrats believe that Demings is the best choice because she is African-America, but that race card may not play well.
All of the potential gubernatorial candidates, including the “centrist” Rep. Crist, have all taken a left-of-center or Progressive position on issues.
While Graham is several years removed from Congress and the influx of Socialist Democrats, Crist and Demings and their 94%+ voting record with the House “Squad” will surely be exploited during this election cycle.
As for Eskamani, if she believes that she will considered a serious and viable gubernatorial candidate, she better come to terms with the fact that Floridians rejected her and her political party’s 2020 Socialist agenda.