According to the Q1 2023 expenditure report of the Florida Republican Party, approximately two dozen campaign employees for GOP Governor Ron DeSantis’ 2022 campaign are currently being paid by the party, a report noted on Friday.
This suggests that DeSantis may be taking steps to prepare for a possible presidential run, despite being evasive about his aspirations.
The state GOP’s filings with Secretary of State Cord Byrd’s office show that the party has paid 24 current or former employees of DeSantis’ campaign, including Christina Pushaw, his former gubernatorial press secretary. This staffing approach of the DeSantis team had not been reported before.
Although DeSantis has not directly confronted front-runner former President Donald Trump, the wider staffing approach of his team suggests that he may be preparing for a presidential run.
DeSantis has been a popular figure in the Republican Party for his handling of the pandemic in Florida and his strong conservative stances on issues such as immigration and education.