The 2022 midterm elections could turn out to be the most consequential election to date, and Republicans who are expected to trounce Democrats next year, are all lining up behind to support fellow Republican legislators and candidates, except for State Rep. Michael Caruso (R).
Rep. Caruso, who narrowly won his House race in 2018 over Democrat Jim Bonfiglio and has been supportive of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, was recently endorsed Katherine Waldron for the Florida House Representatives in District 89.
Waldron, a Progressive Democrat and Port of Palm Beach Commissioner, lists Rep. Caruso as the only Republican to have endorsed her campaign on her ‘Endorsements’ page of her campaign website.
Progressive Rep. Lois Frankel is also listed as an endorser, as is Ruth’s List, the Pro-Abortion or Pro-Choice, that has also endorsed other Florida legislators and candidates like Reps. Allison Tant, Angie Dixon, Fentrice Driskoll, Anna Eskamani, Emily Slosberg, and Robin Bartleman.
Caruso’s support of Waldron over another Republican in the race is a hard pill to swallow for many Republicans who are looking to add to the Republican majority in both the state legislature and U.S. Congress.
According to one Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee member, who asked that we not use his name in this story, says that as is the case with anti-Trump and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, “a Republican challenger against Caruso in District 89 is guaranteed.”
In addition, a petition could soon be circulated and sent to Florida GOP Chairman Joe Gruters to demand that Caruso be removed as a Republican.
Florida Division of Elections lists Pro-Trump candidate Dr. Saulis Banionis as the only Republican currently running House District 86. Waldron is running in a contested primary race against Robert Margolis and Seth Michael Densen.