As the American electorate progresses deeper and deeper into election season, endorsements are becoming more and more apparent to Election Day hopefuls. However, major endorsements usually don't come from politicians across the aisle. Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has just secured one of those endorsements. While former President Donald Trump (R) won the state of Florida by about 3%, it was now-President Joe Biden (D) that claimed Palm Beach County by about 13 points in 2020.
But, in DeSantis’ run for reelection, it is Democratic Palm Beach County Commissioner, Dave Kerner, giving the nod to DeSantis this election over Charlie Crist (D).
“Governor I’m very proud that you felt that my endorsement was worthy of acceptance, and I’m so delighted that we have this opportunity to be here in public, in the community, to make it official,” said Dave Kerner. “This was not a difficult choice for me…Governor DeSantis has demonstrated himself beyond worthy of the duties of this office. And he has done so with the level of dignity, purpose, and respect that is lost in the public sphere today.”
Moreover, Kerner addressed the elephant in the room further along in his official endorsement saying, “It may come as a shock to many of you or many of my friends that a Democratic elected officer in deep blue Palm Beach County endorses a Republican governor. But I will not remain silent. There is too much on the line in this election."
Kerner would also address Crist's positions on police funding stating "The Governor’s Democratic opponent has already started talking about reallocation, which to me, by the way, is a code word for taking resources away from the men and women that protect us. It’s a code word for defunding the police.”
Governor DeSantis accepted the endorsement while also declaring, “As Governor, I’ve gotten things done. I get out in front. I lead.”
More from the Governor's acceptance speech can be found below:
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He will face Charlie Crist on November 8th.