On Wednesday, Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX) made a major move by endorsing Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has yet to even announce a run for the 2024 GOP nomination, for President of the United States.
Rep. Roy, perhaps one of the most conservative members of the House of Representatives, made a name for himself by being the head of the negotiation team for the GOP holdouts against Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in January. His leadership was instrumental in gaining the multiple concessions given to the conservative firebrands in exchange for their vote. According to Heritage Action, Roy has a 96 percent conservative voting record.
The endorsement came in the form of an email with the subject line, “Ron DeSantis for President of the United States”.
“The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course,” the congressman began. “America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination.”
“That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis,” Roy declared.
Rep. CHIP ROY just sent out an email endorsing DeSantis for president — even though the FL governor hasn't even officially launched a presidential campaign.
Says:"The next [POTUS] States must be a vibrant and energetic leader…That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis." pic.twitter.com/xT8RlfbFZY
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“Governor DeSantis is a man of conviction – a man who puts his faith in God first as a dedicated husband and father,” Roy wrote. “He grew up a blue-collar kid who worked hard, got a great education, and used it immediately to serve his country. He loves America unapologetically but loves freedom and the rule of law even more, with the courage to fight for both.”
“As Governor, he unequivocally has made Florida stronger and freer. Economic growth and prosperity in Florida surged upon his firm rejection of the devastating COVID mandates foisted upon us by foolishly empowered Washington bureaucrats,” the Texas Republican explained. “He stared down woke corporate America and higher education. And he stood with Texas in defense of our border – sending a message to elites in Martha’s Vineyard that they cannot ignore the human and economic toll of an open border.”
“America has been built upon and defined by the sacrifices of one generation for the next. When Republicans choose our 2024 presidential nominee – whom I intend to support against Joe Biden or any other Democrat candidate – I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” he continued, adding, “It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change.”
“It’s time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States,” he concluded.
With Rep. Roy backing DeSantis, the battle lines within the Republican Party over the GOP nomination have begun to take shape. Roy has proven himself to be a conservative warrior and his backing of DeSantis will likely sway some voters to the Florida governor’s side once he announces for president.
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