Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in the Trump administration this year, leading the COVID-19 task force, along with hosting a number of large campaign rallies. Now, it looks like he’s ready for some time off.
The vice president is planning to take a vacation in the Sunshine State this week, Tampa’s local NBC affiliate WFLA reported Monday.
While the vice president’s office gave no comment on Pence’s plans, the station cited data from the Federal Aviation Administration showing that Pence would be traveling to Florida on Tuesday and is expected to stay until Saturday.
Pence visiting fishing destination
The vice president will be traveling to Sanibel, an island off Florida’s Gulf Coast where he has taken trips in the past, according to WFLA.
The area is known for its saltwater fishing, and Pence made headlines in 2017 when he made a stop at a charity fishing derby.
“Regardless of your political views, it’s pretty wild when the Vice President of the United States and his family swing by to fish with you,” fisherman Elliot Sudal wrote in an Instagram post at the time, ABC News reported.
Given the current political climate, Pence will need plenty of rest in preparation for what lies ahead, as the Trump campaign has filed multiple lawsuits to contest the outcome of the presidential election.
No signs of giving up
Among the most notable battlegrounds for the Trump administration is Pennsylvania, where the United States Supreme Court may hear a challenge to a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court.
As noted by National Review, the state Supreme Court in Pennsylvania effectively re-wrote the state law by allowing ballots to continue coming in after 8 p.m. on Election Day, citing the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse.
While Republicans asked the Supreme Court to take up the issue in October, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices on the court to not take up the case.
Since then, Justice Samuel Alito issued an order requiring all ballots received after Election Day in Pennsylvania be segregated pending a review of the case.
Attorney General Bill Barr also wrote a memo giving federal prosecutors a green light to investigate “substantial allegations” of voting irregularities, Fox News reported Monday.