Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) found himself in a politically charged turmoil when he was accused of making a racial slur directed at this black American Democratic opponent.
DeSantis is running against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum for the coveted governorship of Florida.
DeSantis never made a racial slur and quickly sloughed off the allegations made by Gillum and other black Democrats.
Yesterday, DeSantis announced that he was resigning from the House, effective immediately.
His resignation had nothing to do with the racist allegations, and has everything to do with DeSantis being able to spend all of his time and effort on the gubernatorial campaign.
The Republican lawmaker submitted his immediate resignation in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on Monday. DeSantis wrote in the letter that it would be “inappropriate” to accept a salary while dedicating much of his time toward his gubernatorial bid.
“This is not a decision I make lightly,” DeSantis wrote. “It has been an honor to serve the people of Florida’s Sixth Congressional District.”
DeSantis was sworn into office in January 2013. During his congressional tenure, he sat on several committees, including the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Committee on the Judiciary. He was named chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security in 2014…
I’ve often thought that there should be laws requiring every person seeking an elected office other than the one they currently hold, to resign.
It’s unfair to the people who elect them for them to spend most of their time running for another office rather than doing the job they were elected to do, like Mayor Gillum.
I’m sure that such laws would stop many from seeking higher political offices.
The other advantage of these kinds of laws, would be the elimination of wasting so may campaign donation dollars on many campaigns.
It would certainly narrow the field of competitors for many offices, especially at the higher levels.
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