It’s Wednesday — do you know where your governor is?

Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses a pro-Trump rally on Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford. Earlier, he'd high-fived members of the largely maskless crowd while foregoing a mask's protections himself. Source: Screenshot

So where was Gov. Ron DeSantis Wednesday? Nobody’s saying.

His official schedule had him down for a 9 a.m. meeting with chief of staff Shane Strum and nothing at all afterward. He otherwise flew below the radar on a mid-week workday. Taxpayers cover his government salary.

Fred Piccolo, the governor’s communication director, indicated DeSantis was engaged in political work but said he didn’t know anything about it — as a member of the Executive Office of the Governor staff, Piccolo isn’t allowed to get involved in partisan political work.

The party apparatus “really don’t tell us where he is on these days,” Piccolo said via text message.

The Phoenix reached out to Helen Aguirre Ferré, DeSantis’ former communications director but now executive director of the Republican Party of Florida. She hasn’t responded yet.

DeSantis has participated in President Trump’s reelection rallies in Florida — on Oct. 12, for example, the governor introduced the president during an event in Sanford. Trump’s 2018 endorsement of DeSantis is widely seen as the key to his victories in the GOP primary and general election that year.

But the president was campaigning elsewhere on Wednesday. Donald Trump Jr. was hopscotching around the state, but we could find no evidence that DeSantis was tagging along.

Michael Moline
Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.