In a major turn of events, Democrat Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner has endorsed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for re-election. Kerner has flipped the script on Democrat nominee Charlie Crist who hopes to defeat DeSantis in November. Crist has support from the Democrat establishment, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) who gave him a donation of $100,000. Crist defeated fellow Democrat Nikki Fried in the August primary.
Fox News reports:
DAVE KERNER: I’ve been a registered Democrat since I registered to vote at the age of 18. I don’t really see it as going against my party. I’m a Floridian, an American first. But there’s a confluence of reasons. The trajectory of our state, which I spoke about in my endorsement, his support for law enforcement, his management of the COVID 19 pandemic. There is’s a host of reasons why I endorsed him. …
There has been a lot of that, what I call sort of shadow support for sure. Obviously, Governor DeSantis is doing an incredible job in Florida. He’s America’s governor, but there is a lot of support out there. And it’s been referred to me by many people that have called me or texted me. You know, it’s an act of courage, what you did and you should be proud. And it’s not about what I did. It’s about the governor’s record of service in the state of Florida. But ultimately, it should not be an act of courage and should not be seen as an act of courage.
JUST IN: Palm Beach County Commissioner (D-FL) Dave Kerner endorses Ron Desantis for Governor. pic.twitter.com/1QqoWdJppy
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