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By Roger Stone 

Assuming that Governor DeSantis is going to run for re-election in 2022, I believe it is essential that he pledge to the people of the Sunshine State that he will serve all four years of his next term, and that he won’t abandon Florida by running off to challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2024.Florida is NOT a stepping stone for Ron’s Presidential dreams. We actually have to live here.

After all, DeSantis owes his election to Trump who literally dragged DeSantis across the finish line when Ron’s own piss-poor campaign for Governor sputtered and the ever capable Susie Wiles, a friend of mine of many years , had to swoop in and save him.

On a host of issues DeSantis seeks the Trump mantle without really delivering on his Trump-like rhetoric….

DeSantis continues to insist that the 2020 election in Florida was the most honest election in history. In fact, there are as many as one million phantom voters currently still on the Florida voter rolls. Governor DeSantis has failed to act decisively  to remove these nonexistent or unqualified “voters” from the rolls. Politifacts, a crazy left wing fake news operation, says I am wrong about this. Actually they are wrong,

This information from Defend Florida , which I learned online, reveals the truth;

“……A phantom vote is a vote cast where the voter is deceased, does not live at the registered address, or the registered address is not a residential address. The total number of Florida voters who voted by mail in 2020 was 4,800,000. 

Defend Florida volunteers canvassed Florida registered voters and gathered information on over 10,000 registered voters as of Nov. 1, 2021. Of those, 5,583 voted in the 2020 election. Of those that voted, 3,876 voted by mail and 1,707 voted in person. Of the 3,876 canvassed voters who voted by mail, 789 or 20% were phantom votes. 

The 20% phantom mail in votes cast in 2020, when extrapolated to the population of vote by mail ballots cast (4.8M), yields 960,000 potential phantom votes cast in the 2020 election.  The majority of lawless phantom votes were cast by VOTE BY MAIL ballots.” 

This analysis focuses on the real problem – vote by mail. This does not even include the phantom votes recorded as having voted in person. For more information, visit

DeSantis talks the talk, but he doesn’t walk the walk. While I applaud his much hyped banning of mask mandates in the public schools, his failure to actually remove elected school board members in large Red counties who illegally flout this ban on masks is unacceptable. Florida school children in many big counties are still forced to wear masks when they are medically useless, unscientific and illegal as well. The Governor has the legal authority to remove any state or county official who is violating the law. Sadly, Ron Desantis does nothing…

Both DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody pledged to oppose “red flag laws” which would deny the constitutional rights of Floridians to keep and bear arms, but neither has taken decisive action to do so. Supporting fines for counties that enact such illegal and unconstitutional restrictions is a head fake. The failure of DeSantis to put forward “open-carry” proposals like laws  in place in Texas and Tennessee, is an affront to anyone who supports our Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

In my home county of Broward, Governor DeSantis appointed a Sheriff who the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel has correctly identified as both a murderer and former drug dealer.  Apparently the Florida Department of Law Enforcement failed to uncover this in their background check when the Governor exercised his authority to appoint Sheriff Gregory Tony – a crony of Parkland shooting luminary Andrew Pollack who’s daughter was tragically murdered at Parkland, to a vacancy in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gregory Tony’s nickname when he was dealing cocaine on the streets of Philadelphia was “Lucky”. The Sheriff is lucky indeed. Once this criminal’s record became known… Ron did nothing. 

Ron’s re-election is not a lock by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, devoid of any personality, and seemingly allergic to actually meeting and talking to real voters or thanking contributors, Ron DeSantis has a Zelig-type move, tried and failed to hijack the personality and charisma of Donald Trump. When I attended and spoke to the Christian Family Conference dinner in Hialeah last Saturday I enjoyed meeting and taking photos with dozens of folks during the pre-dinner reception and the dinner itself. Governor DeSantis, a pudgy Yale/Harvard elitist, swept in with his heavy-handed entourage, did a bad impression of Donald Trump in his speech and swept out of the ballroom without actually mixing with any real people. Charlie Crist will eat Ron’s lunch if they clash. If Ron wants to win he better promise to do the job for four years.

I may have to collect enough signatures to challenge the re-election of DeSantis as the candidate of the reconstituted Libertarian Party, particularly if DeSantis refuses to commit to filling the four year term as Governor and is just using Florida as a stepping stone to challenge the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln, Donald J. Trump. As the former President might say ” We’ll see what happens.’

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