Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who presently serves as House Speaker, appears edgy over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the upcoming elections in November. According to a recent report from Politico, Pelosi has thrown efforts into defeating DeSantis, chiefly by endorsing his prime opponent, Democrat Representative Charlie Crist.
Crist previously served as governor of Florida, and he is making another gubernatorial bid during the high-stakes midterm elections. Crist faces two main challenges in securing the Democrat nomination: One challenge is from Florida State Senator Annette Taddeo, while the other challenge is from Florida State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
In a promotional campaign video, Pelosi blared that she has seen Crist “fight for Floridians every single day” while working alongside him over “the past six years in Congress.”
“He always puts people first,” Pelosi added, insisting that Crist will not only “[create] opportunities for small business owners,” but also “always show empathy and compassion for our working families.”
Adding that Crist will allegedly serve as “a champion for women’s rights,” Pelosi sniffed that Crist will represent “a stark contrast” to DeSantis in matters of governance.
Pelosi’s endorsement of Crist emerges following criticism from his key competitor, Fried. Fried argues that Crist is “pro-life” in spite of taking a favorable stance towards abortion, suggesting that he would not be the “champion” Democrats envision, per their standards.
On the Republican end, DeSantis has enjoyed significant support in the Sunshine State and nationwide. His name has been mentioned repeatedly as a potential contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, oftentimes edged out only by former president Donald J. Trump in varied CPAC polls.
DeSantis has carved out a political reputation in his own right, chiefly by opposing the Biden administration’s remarkably progressive policies. Amongst all the far-left issues adopted by the Biden platform, DeSantis has spoken out the most forcibly against pandemic-related lockdowns, critical race theory (CRT), and defunding the police.
DeSantis previously made headlines for offering law enforcement officers a $5,000 bonus for relocating to the Sunshine State.