The potential change comes as DeSantis is expected by some to announce his run for president.
- A Florida law that requires a state governor to resign if they run for the presidency could be changed by state congress.
- This news comes following wide speculation that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is making plans to run for president.
- Passidomo and Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) have both said they think it’s a “good idea” to change the law.
- If the terms of the two offices overlap, Florida law requires anyone seeking a new office to submit an irreversible letter of resignation prior to qualifying.
- Four years after lawmakers altered the legislation to allow then-Gov. Charlie Crist to run for vice president, they went back on their decision and reinstated the requirement that anyone running for federal office retire before the election.
- “If an individual who is Florida governor is running for president, I think he should be allowed to do it,” Florida State Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) told reporters, “I really do. That’s a big honor and a privilege, so it is a good idea.”
- Concern about DeSantis running for president began on the same day as former President Donald Trump announced his third presidential campaign.
- The Florida governor said in a recent interview that the GOP needed to “chill out a little bit” about their 2024 campaign projections, as American Faith previously reported.
- “We just finished this election, OK? People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff,” DeSantis said at the press conference.