With the vast majority of TN’s Republican representation at the federal level supporting former President Trump as well as the majority of Republican voters, it’s a bit of a mystery that the invited keynote speaker for what is arguably the biggest fundraiser the Tennessee GOP organizes is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Tennessee Conservative [By Kelly M. Jackson] –
A poll focused on Florida issued this week shows that in a hypothetical head-to-head with Presidential Candidate and current governor of that state Ron DeSantis, former President Donald Trump is strongly favored by a whopping 20 points. This is indeed not so good news for the DeSantis campaign, which has seen better days since Governor DeSantis declared his candidacy a few months ago.
In Tennessee, both Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are part of President Trump’s Federal Leadership Team, alongside a large portion of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation. U.S. Reps. Diana Harshbarger, John Rose, Mark Green, and Chuck Fleischmann along with former U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan endorse Trump for the presidency.
Also endorsing former President Trump, is Freshman Congressman Andy Ogles. Ogles said, “Our country is at a breaking point, and I am confident that President Trump is the leader we need to get America back on track,” in a Tweet published last month.
A recent, wide-ranging poll conducted by the Beacon Center of Tennessee indicates that Tennessee residents support Donald Trump for president in 2024 by a wide margin.
With the vast majority of the Republican representation at the federal level supporting former President Trump as well as the majority of Republican voters, it’s a bit of a mystery that the invited keynote speaker for what is arguably the biggest fundraiser the state GOP organizes is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
However, many Republicans also support Governor DeSantis as a presidential candidate, as his message is very similar to that of President Trump.
The biggest differences based on their decisions as politicians and statements made publicly are generally with regard to the Covid-19 vaccine campaign, and with LGBTQ+ issues. Governor DeSantis has tended to reflect a position more in alignment with the base of conservative populist voters, which is even farther to the right than even President Trump has shown to land over the past several years.
However, because President Trump has a record that some would draw upon as good reason to support him for a second term, some of the perceived mistakes he made during his presidency are easily overlooked by many. This is despite a list of poor decisions regarding who he hired to work within his administration, as well as the Operation Lightning Speed initiative for Covid-19 vaccines, which was then and remains a very sore subject with his base.
In spite of those facts, the economy and his foreign policy positions seem to be factors that outweigh any misgivings those who could switch their allegiance to Governor DeSantis would have had. Ergo, the 20-point lead, even in Governor DeSantis’s own home state.
The Tennessee Conservative has reached out to Scott Golden, Tennessee state GOP Chairman for comment regarding the keynote speaker choice and has not received a response.
However, in a recent article, he commented on the choice saying, “Since the Statesmen’s Dinner has become a key stop in the presidential primary process, we have sought out those candidates and campaigns over the last several years,” and that when making the decision, “venue capacity and candidate availability both came into play.”
About the Author: Kelly Jackson is a recent escapee from corporate America, and a California refugee to Tennessee. Christ follower, Wife and Mom of three amazing teenagers. She has a BA in Comm from Point Loma Nazarene University, and has a background in law enforcement and human resources. Since the summer of 2020, she has spent any and all free time in the trenches with local grassroots orgs, including Mom’s for Liberty Williamson County and Tennessee Stands as a core member. Outspoken advocate for parents rights, medical freedom, and individual liberty. Kelly can be reached at email@example.com.