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Can DeSantis be governor and president at the same time?

Asked by JLeslie (65409points) May 18th, 2023
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Here is a link for dual mandate. I’m not sure I understand the specific language. Is it prohibiting those two offices simultaneously specifically?

Here’s the link https://www.myfloridalegal.com/attorney-general-opinions/dual-officeholding

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jca2's avatar

If it were legally possible, how could someone do two full time jobs at the same time? Why would a Floridian want a Governor who is going to be distracted and busy with Presidential duties, and why would a US resident want a President who is distracted and busy with Gubernatorial duties?

ragingloli's avatar

desantis recently changed the law specifically to allow him to remain as governor if he becomes president.
https://www.politico.com/news/2023/04/28/florida-legislature-desantis-presidential-run-00094467

JLeslie's avatar

@ragingloli As far as I know he changed the law so he can run for president.

Zaku's avatar

I have a feeling he wants all the powers . . .

Cupcake's avatar

@JLeslie Yes, that is my understanding too… that the governor of FL no longer has to leave office to run for president.

I can’t imagine that one could simultaneously hold both positions, but nothing in FL would surprise me at this point.

JLeslie's avatar

@Cupcake The change in the law to run for president without resigning doesn’t bother me that much, only because I think it’s legal in other states. I don’t know how many states it’s allowed. I think Bill Clinton was still governor when he ran in the primaries, I could be mistaken.

If a governor can hold both offices at once that would be troubling to me.

chyna's avatar

I wonder why anyone would want to hold those two jobs at one time, other than for power.

kritiper's avatar

No. If elected president, his lieutenant governor would take his place as governor. But not until then.

SnipSnip's avatar

@ragingloli You better read that again. Your comment is incorrect.

Brian1946's avatar

I could see DeFascist ordering FL to attack Venezuela, and trying to ban any books by LGBTQ, black, or “woke” authors from the Library of Congress. ;)

Lightlyseared's avatar

If he’s changed Floridas constitution in his favour there’s no reason to think he wouldn’t change the US’s either.

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