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DeSantis Resigns from Congress to Campaign Full-Time for Governor

The congressman has served the 6th Congressional District of Florida since 2013.

By NTK Staff | 09.10.2018 @1:15pm
DeSantis Resigns from Congress to Campaign Full-Time for Governor

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced Monday that he is resigning from Congress immediately in order to campaign fully for governor of Florida.

According to NBC News, DeSantis spoke to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday. His resignation is effective immediately. Despite the fact that the midterm elections are about two months away, there are only 15 working days on the House congressional calendar between now and November 6.

“As the Republican nominee for governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days for this Congress,” DeSantis’s resignation letter to Ryan said. “Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary.”

DeSantis won the Republican gubernatorial primary last month, defeating state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. He’ll face off against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a candidate few thought would emerge victorious from the Democratic field.

DeSantis and Gillum are both 39 years old, but that’s about where the similarities end. DeSantis has been endorsed by President Trump, whereas Gillum is backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and liberal mega-donors George Soros and Tom Steyer. Gillum is on record as supporting the abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, and is a proponent of single-payer health care.

DeSantis represented the 6th Congressional District of Florida, which includes Daytona Beach and spans the east coast of Florida from just south of St. Augustine to just north of Cape Canaveral. The race to replace DeSantis includes Democrat Nancy Soderberg against Republican Michael Waltz.

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