Florida Republicans are considering a change to the Sunshine State’s so-called “Resign to Run” law — which would let Gov. Ron DeSantis keep his current job even if he opts to run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
Current Florida law requires state lawmakers to resign their positions before running for another political office.
DeSantis’ Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, was forced to give up his seat in the House of Representatives to run against the rising GOP star in the midterm elections.
Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Beach) and Senate President Kathleen Passadomo (R-Naples) both said they believed DeSantis, 44, should not have to resign should he become the Republican Party’s nominee, Politico reported Tuesday.
“If an individual who is Florida governor is running for president, I think he should be allowed to do it,” Passadomo told reporters on Tuesday. “I really do. That’s a big honor and a privilege, so it is a good idea.”
While DeSantis has yet to announce his candidacy for president, multiple recent polls have placed him ahead of former President Donald Trump, 76.
Trump is the only person to officially enter the 2024 race for president to date, though a Quinnipiac University survey published Tuesday found that most Americans say his candidacy is a “bad thing.”
Multiple reports have indicated that DeSantis could launch his campaign in the spring of next year, after the current Florida legislative session wraps up.