“The DGA, which spent more than $15 million in Florida over the past two gubernatorial election cycles, is starting to deprioritize the state and is expected to have a much smaller footprint during the midterms”
When it comes to Florida and the 2022 election, the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has apparently decided their time and money would be best spent elsewhere.
Without coming out and saying it, this is a testament to the popularity and effectiveness of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
If the DGA thought their party had a chance here, they would surely pursue it.
Matt Dixon writes at Politico:
No million-dollar checks: Democratic governors may sit out Florida
The Democratic Governors Association has no plans to give significant financial help to Florida Democrats as they seek to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022, a major setback that will make it harder for challengers to take on the popular Republican.
The DGA, which spent more than $15 million in Florida over the past two gubernatorial election cycles, is starting to deprioritize the state and is expected to have a much smaller footprint during the midterms, said two Florida Democratic consultants who have been in contact with the DGA.
It’s a move driven, in part, by the DGA’s need to use its limited resources to protect incumbent governors elsewhere, as well as the growing sense that Democrats can’t win statewide elections in Florida, these people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to characterize the private discussions.
The decision to withhold resources in Florida deals a blow to Democrats eager to knock off DeSantis, a nationally ascendant Republican with future White House aspirations. It also indicates that Florida is losing its position as the largest swing state, with some national groups deciding that, at least for now, it’s center-right terrain.
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air suggests the timing of this decision is no coincidence:
Is it a coincidence that this comes after Tuesday’s elections? One Democratic incumbent — Phil Murphy in New Jersey — nearly got pushed out of office unexpectedly despite not being terribly unpopular at the moment. Democrats lost Virginia at the same time to Republicans despite turning the state reliably blue over the last decade or so. While some of the issues and currents were different in the two contests — taxes were a big issue in New Jersey while Terry McAuliffe turned into a terrible candidate — both had one identical feature: Joe Biden’s job approval ratings collapse.
After watching the loss and near-loss of what should have been two easy retentions (and the New Jersey race isn’t quite over yet), small wonder the DGA wants to focus on defense. They can’t afford to lose any more ground, and given the failure of polling to alert them in New Jersey, they can’t afford to take any state gubernatorial race for granted, except possibly California. If Biden’s ratings continue to fall, maybe even the Golden State will need shoring up.
DeSantis has been an excellent governor for Florida, and it’s easy to picture him eventually running for president, which is exactly why the media has tried so hard to take him out repeatedly.
I’ll leave you with this:
Ron DeSantis just called the Biden Administration the "Brandon Administration" pic.twitter.com/L4sov8rtLQ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 3, 2021
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