A Florida Republican congressman who is expected to enter the race for governor seemed to imply he might be close to announcing his decision.
While talking about President Donald Trump’s recent endorsement for governor, Rep. Ron DeSantis told the hosts of Fox and Friends during an interview Wednesday morning that he’ll “come back on in the new year and break some news then.”
His comment came in response to Trump’s tweet Friday afternoon: “Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!”
“I can tell you that when that tweet went out, the amount of buzzing on my phone from calls and texts, I thought the phone was malfunctioning or there was something going on,” DeSantis said during the the interview on Fox.
State Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is considered the frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination. The only other announced major candidate is Sen. Jack Latvala, whose campaign has been all but derailed by the recent sexual harassment and public corruption allegations against him. State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, is expected to run.
During Wednesday morning’s interview, DeSantis also commented on the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele against Trump while he was running for office. He said the dossier was not generated by an intelligence agency, and should not be used as the basis for any investigation into charges of collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign.
“I think it would undermine the legitimacy of the genesis of the investigation and all the way to the present,” said DeSantis, a member of the Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform committees
The Washington Times reported earlier this week that the FBI has acknowledged that the dossier’s claims of election collusion have not been substantiated.
“Think about where this dossier came from. It was not something that was generated by an intelligence agency. It was funded by the Democrats and Hillary Clinton through the Perkins Cole law firm, to Fusion GPS,” he added. “They put a lot of BS in this thing. fake news, and then they tried to dress it up as an intelligence product.”