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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Ron DeSantis may be missing his moment. A number of the Florida governor's donors and allies are worried his recent stumbles suggest he may not be ready for a brutal fight against Donald Trump.



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At a Sunday luncheon following the annual Red Cross ball in Palm Beach, Florida, a group of 16 prominent Republicans, described by one attendee as a mix of DeSantis backers and Trump "skeptics," discussed misgivings about the governor's standing for the future if he tussles with the former president.

"They liked him " many of them might even support him," the person who was at the event said of DeSantis. "But they thought on balance that his long-term future was better without him trying to take Trump head on."

"He will get scarred up" by Trump, the person added.

Then there's conservative billionaire shipping goods magnate Richard Uihlein and his wife, Elizabeth, whose $500,000 in combined contributions ranked them among the most generous donors to DeSantis' 2022 re-election campaign.

A person familiar with the strategy around Uihlein's spending said that right now, "The brakes are pumped," adding, "The polling really made different people pause."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2023-03-25 11:57 PM | Reply

DeSantis is already blinking in the headlights. Caaaaaaaaaasey, heeeeeeelp!

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-03-26 05:09 AM | Reply

DeSantis is a hateful hack, but why should voters whose chief criteria are crude insults and backward thinking go for the new version when they can still have the original?

The Republican Party went all in on Trump, and there's no way out until he dies. He is the distillation of decades of GOP "thought."

#3 | Posted by cbob at 2023-03-26 07:05 AM | Reply

Ask Charlie Crist.

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2023-03-26 10:04 AM | Reply

Last time I looked, the U.S. wasn't Florida - or vice versa.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-03-26 05:37 PM | Reply

Charlie Crist came across as a thoughtful candidate, a good alternative to snarling man-baby DeSantis. But he was low-key, didn't seem to have much dough. If DeSantis climbs into the ring with Trump, it's lucha libre time and Trump has all the advantages w/n the insane universe that contains the GOP primaries, especially if it's a contest involving more than simply those two grim characters.

#6 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2023-03-27 05:16 AM | Reply

"Readiness" is a Republican concept?

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2023-03-27 07:42 AM | Reply

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