Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is widely expected to announce his run for the Republican presidential nomination this week, putting him in direct competition with Donald Trump.
As US president, Mr Trump campaigned for Mr DeSantis’ election in 2018, but the men have since become sworn enemies, with the former regularly attacking his rival with childish nicknames on social media and at rallies.
Mr. DeSantis rose to prominence during the Covid-19 pandemic through his opposition to social restrictions and has since marketed himself as a younger, less complex party figurehead than Mr. Trump, citing his work on LGBT+ rights in Florida schools. Won fans with regressive policies.
The men will fight for the GOP nomination against the likes of Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Asa Hutchinson, Vivek Ramaswamy and Larry Elder, with Mr Trump’s former vice president Mike Pence also likely to enter the race.
As Mr. DeSantis prepares to take the national stage, interest will inevitably turn to his personal life and that of his wife, Casey DeSantis, a future US First Lady.
Ms. DeSantis has already played a key role in teasing her husband’s campaign, posting a Fox News article on Tuesday about the governor’s possible run for the White House with the slogan “Big If True…” before posting their official launch video with “Big If True…” America is worth fighting for… every. Lonely. Time.”
Jill Casey Black was born on June 26, 1980, in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter of Robert Black and Jean Caponigro. His father is an optometrist and ex-US Air Force officer and his mother is a speech pathologist, the daughter of a Sicilian immigrant.
He graduated from the Historical College of Charleston in South Carolina, where he received a Bachelor of Science in economics with a minor in French, and participated on the equestrian team.
After graduation, she initially became a television host on programs for the Golf Channel. on t And pga tour today,
She first met Mr DeSantis on a golf course – he was serving as an officer in the US Navy at the time – and the couple married in September 2009, their wedding taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort, which the groom accepted. does” ironically given his bitter disputes with the Walt Disney Corporation as a kind of governor.
While her husband entered the political arena, Ms. DeSantis continued her media career by becoming a local news anchor with WJXT in Jacksonville, Florida, serving in various roles including morning presenter and crime reporter.
From there he hosted the roundtable discussion show conversation on Jacksonville stations WTLV and WJXX. Other lifestyle programs offered by them include First Coast Living And American Dream and she is also known as the creator of The JT Townsend StoryAn award winning documentary about a high school football star.
Ron and Casey DeSantis have three young children: five-year-old Madison, four-year-old Mason, and two-year-old Mamie, the latter said to be the first child born at the Florida governor’s mansion. more than half a century,
As the state’s First Lady, Ms. DeSantis has been involved in projects such as the Hope Florida Initiative – promoting economic self-reliance – and Resilience Florida, a plan to combat mental health stigma in professional sports.
In October 2021, it was announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, although she confirmed the following March that treatment had been successful and that she was now cancer-free. She has since dedicated herself to raising awareness of the disease.
According to a recent profile Posted by Ms. DeSantis political man – and ever since denounced as an angry “Hit Piece” By Nation – The couple are said to be so close that they are collectively known as “The DeSantis”, with the first lady taking it upon herself to “humanize the robot” (Mr. DeSantis has a reputation for being an awkward communicator). have prestige) and influence the husband’s policy positions.
“They are both his greatest assets And His biggest liability is,” donor Dan Eberhart told the publication. “And I say the greatest asset in it is I think it makes her warm, soft.
“But he needs to be surrounded by professional people, not just him. I’ve heard frustrated staffers that they feel the governor has made a decision, they talk to him, come back, the decision is opposite or different. .
He added: “The sad thing is I think he’s very smart. I think he’s very talented. But he also needs to realize that if he wants to play on this stage he needs serious help.” Is required.