Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is running for reelection this November… and he’s apparently encouraging Florida politicians to switch parties.
DeSantis is running against Democrat Charlie Crist, a recently retired U.S. representative who once served as Florida’s Republican governor from 2007 to 2011.
Crist changed parties and then ran against DeSantis… but another Democrat broke with his party to campaign against Crist on behalf of DeSantis.
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Dave Kerner, a Palm Beach County commissioner, backed DeSantis after he slammed Crist.
“Job number one of a Governor is to keep our residents safe. No one does that better than Governor DeSantis,”Kerner stated his views in a release. “Endorsing Governor DeSantis was the obvious choice.”
Kerner took it one step further in a speech. Kerner not only supported DeSantis but also pledged to run for him in the future.
“Every day until November 8, I will campaign for Governor DeSantis,”Kerner spoke in a speech. “On November 8, I will vote for Governor DeSantis.”
Kerner took special issue with Crist’s statements about cutting police budgets.
This was not a difficult choice for me… This was not the proverbial lesser of two evils. Governor DeSantis has proven himself to be worthy of the humble duties of this office. He has shown dignity, purpose and respect with a level that’s rare in today’s public sphere. It may come as a shock to many of you, or at least many of my friends that as a Democratic elected officer in deep blue Palm Beach County, I’m endorsing Republican governor…
I refuse to remain silent. There is too much on the line in this election… The governor’s Democratic opponent has already started talking about reallocation, which to me, by the way, is a code word for taking resources away from the men and women that protect us. It’s a code word for defunding the police. Florida is a proud and richly populated state. Our state’s beauty is reflected in its diversity and our diverse people. No doubt, we are on the upswing. For the state’s trajectory, I can give credit to its governor.
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Crist’s record in funding police has been mixed.
Crist, a Congressman, has overseen an increase in federal funds for his district’s police force. But he was also fondly remembered. “reallocation.”
Crist, speaking about budgets for police, told a community activist May. “It isn’t defunding, you’re correct about that. It’s reallocation and making a balance to the approach.”
Kerner was appointed county commissioner in 2016 and has been elected several times. He was a Palm Beach County Mayor, as well as being a state representative and policing officer. He is also a lawyer, which is his other career outside of politics.
Kerner, a former officer in the police force, is believed to be considering running for sheriff of county. Ric Bradshaw is currently Sheriff, but he missed work because of his poor health. However, he has returned to the office.
Kerner is a veteran politician who has a track record of supporting gun control. Kerner, a Democrat was well known for supporting gun control at the statehouse.
Also, he is the representative of Palm Beach County. This was a territory that President Joe Biden won with a 12-point victory.
Kerner however has also supported DeSantis from accusations of conspiring to Publix, which is a regional chain grocery stores.
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In the end, DeSantis accepted Kerner’s endorsement.
Take a look —
In Florida, we support law enforcement, reject the anti-police movement, and focus on justice for victims — not coddling criminals.
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) September 21, 2022
Endorsing Gov. @RonDeSantisFLIt was an obvious choice in this election cycle.
Gov. DeSantis’ Dem rival has asked for reallocations of resources from law enforcement.
FL cannot afford people like Charlie Crist who wants to defund the police & make our communities less safe. pic.twitter.com/LtIy5zgw85
— Dave Kerner (@DavidMKerner) September 21, 2022
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