Casey DeSantis — former TV personality, breast cancer survivor, and mother of three — is often described as Ron DeSantis’ “secret weapon.”
Indeed, she has played a big role in DeSantis’ rise to Congress, the governorship of Florida, and GOP presidential contender. But political analysts say Casey DeSantis’ outside role in her husband’s political career is a double-edged sword.
“She is both his biggest asset and his biggest liability. And I say biggest asset in that I think she does make him warmer, softer,” Dan Eberhart, a DeSantis donor and supporter, told Politico. “But he needs to be surrounded with professional people, not just her.
“I’ve heard from staffers frustrated that they think the governor’s made a decision, he talks to her, comes back, the decision is the opposite or different,” he said.
Trump Far Ahead in the Polls
Regardless of who is making the decisions, the DeSantis campaign continues to plummet after a promising start. The latest New York Times/Sienna College poll of likely Republican primary votes shows former President Donald Trump crushing DeSantis, 54% to 17% percent.
Trump benefits from a loyal base, but the DeSantis campaign has stumbled repeatedly in the earlier going. One example: DeSantis’ refusal to go on the attack against Trump. It wasn’t until a few days ago that he started publicly questioning the lies that Trump and his allies have made about the 2020 presidential election’s legitimacy — and Joe Biden’s victory.
“Of course, he lost,” DeSantis finally said in an interview with NBC News posted on Monday. “Joe Biden’s the president.”
For a detailed look at Casey DeSantis’ influence on her husband’s political career, click on this Politico link.