Have you been seeing a lot of news about Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis lately? That’s no accident. DeSantis is holding a lot of press conferences.
Take today, for example. DeSantis is in Tallahassee, and he (and, in some appearances, the first lady Casey Desantis) are having four press conferences; one at 10:30 am, one at 11, one at 11:45, one at 1 pm, plus he’ll be at the Enterprise Florida meeting at Florida A&M University in the afternoon (media invited).
At lunch, he and Casey DeSantis are meeting with Venezuela’s Fabiana Rosales, wife of Juan Guaidó, the man who declared himself interim president of Venezuela in a challenge to Nicolás Maduro. In the official schedule, the governor refers to Rosales as “First Lady of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.”
The Tallahassee press corps is running around covering all of the carefully arranged media events – a sharp contrast to the administration of former Gov. (now U.S. Senator) Rick Scott, who was stingy with his media appearances. It’s a good bet DeSantis will appear statewide on screens, radios and newspapers today and tomorrow.
Before he was governor, DeSantis appeared numerous times on Fox News to defend Donald Trump. And DeSantis may be taking a page from his close advisor, Florida Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a provocateur who who gets all the media attention he can – good and bad.