Only minutes before a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers during a baseball practice in 2017, Ron DeSantis, who was then a House member, had been on the ground at third base. However, he had decided to leave practice early in an attempt to beat the Washington traffic. It was this decision that led to him not being present during the mass shooting earlier.
Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who had been injured at the time, claimed regarding DeSantis’ timing that day that “God’s in charge.”
This stroke of luck has continued to follow DeSantis throughout his career. While his time at the House was relatively quiet, as the Florida governor DeSantis has managed to be elevated to a top position within the GOP and is especially popular with the party’s conservative base. Republican allies have also claimed that this is something that DeSantis is going to consider as he moves towards making a decision regarding the 2024 presidential election.
That stroke of luck and good timing has defined DeSantis’ surprising meteoric rise in politics — from unremarkable House backbencher to popular Florida governor and national conservative hero. And, Republican allies say, it will guide his decision as he inches toward a presidential run in 2024.
During a recent speech though, a House colleague argued that DeSantis did not have any “friends” and that he was a “backbencher”. However, the lawmaker proceeded to say that timing is extremely important in politics, and that it could potentially be the right time for him.
In a number of interviews, over a dozen House Republicans stated that they could not have foreseen that DeSantis would be at the center of the conversation regarding the 2024 presidential election when they had served with him on Capitol Hill from 2013 to 2018.