Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds is reportedly considering a run for the governorship of Florida in 2026. A source close to Donalds confirmed that he is contemplating entering the race. However, Donalds has stated that his main focus right now is to help former President Trump regain the presidency before moving on to other political endeavors. Donalds has expressed his commitment to making President Biden a one-term president and has said that he will focus on “that other stuff” after Trump is inaugurated.
Donalds, who is currently spearheading the continuing resolution in the House to avoid a government shutdown, has also expressed his willingness to join Trump as his running mate if asked. This potential bid for governor comes amidst rumors of a possible gubernatorial run fellow Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. However, Gaetz has denied these rumors, stating that he is more focused on supporting Trump’s 2024 White House campaign.
It is important to note that Donalds’ potential candidacy for governor would only be possible in 2026, as the current Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, is ineligible for re-election according to the state’s constitution. The House must pass Donalds’ continuing resolution before the end of September to prevent a government shutdown. While House Republicans have reached a consensus on the funding measure, some holdouts, including Gaetz, are threatening to derail the resolution.
In response to the threats against his speakership, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has challenged Gaetz to “file a f—ing motion” to remove him from his post. The resolution aims to provide funding through the end of October while the House finalizes appropriations bills before the September 30 deadline.
– Fox News (source article)