DeSantis signs law allowing him to remain in office while running for president

 May 25, 2023

In a move that many observers had long expected, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made headlines this week by kicking off his 2024 presidential run.

According to the Washington Examiner, DeSantis also signed a law on Wednesday that allows him to continue governing while he campaigns. 

Bill removes requirement for office holders to resign before making presidential run

Known as Senate Bill 7050, the election reform legislation removes a legal requirement that state officeholders resign before running for president or vice president.

The Examiner noted that the rule was previously repealed in 2008 so as to permit then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist to be considered as GOP nominee John McCain's running mate. However, McCain ultimately chose to select Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin.

It was then reinstated in 2018 through another election bill signed by Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who now represents Florida in the United States Senate.

The Examiner noted that Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis tweeted out a video promoting her husband a day before his official announcement.

DeSantis raises over $8.2 million in 24 hours after starting his campaign

The video shows her husband stepping onto a stage as a narrator says, "They call it faith because in the face of darkness, you can see that brighter future, a faith that our best days lay ahead of us."

"But is it worth the fight? Do I have the courage? Is it worth the sacrifice? America has been worth it every single time," the narrator adds.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Thursday that DeSantis' campaign took in some $8.2 million worth of fundraising in the first 24 hours following its launch.

The network pointed out this was almost $2 million more than President Joe Biden received in the initial 24 hours following his own campaign launch in 2019.

Trump mocks DeSantis' Twitter difficulties on day of campaign launch

Fox News noted that former President Donald Trump, who is widely considered to be the Republican Party's frontrunner, reacted to DeSantis' candidacy in a post on Truth Social.

"'Rob,' My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not! (per my conversation with Kim Jung Un, of North Korea, soon to become my friend!)," Trump said in the post.

This was apparently said in reference to the technical difficulties that DeSantis experienced while discussing his candidacy during a Twitter "Spaces" event with Elon Musk.

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