DeSantis Pleads With Florida’s Republicans Not To Endorse Trump

( – The Florida Governor phoned representatives and asked them to please stop endorsing former President Donald Trump, having been “dismayed” to see at least four Florida Republicans endorse the former president, The Guardian reported.

DeSantis has come under fire from the Trump campaign in recent months due to the appearance of a “soft launch” of his presidential campaign. The Florida governor has yet to officially announce his bid for the Republican candidate presidential nomination, at the time of this report.

In March, the Trump campaign filed a complaint with the ethics board of Florida alleging that DeSantis had violated Florida’s ethics laws by running a “shadow” presidential campaign and that he should be punished “to the full extent of the law,” the Associated Press reported. DeSantis was hit with a second ethics complaint by Florida Democrat Nikki Fried against DeSantis over a political retreat where she alleged that he was “hobnobbing” with and accepting gifts from his political committee, in violation of state law, The Hill reported.

In her complaint, Fried cited an expense of $145,000 that DeSantis and his political committee accrued at the Four Seasons hotel retreat in Palm Beach, The Hill reported. Longtime Trump backers flocked to the event held at the Four Seasons, Politico reported. DeSantis’ public relations team quietly dismissed both of the complaints as being “politically motivated.”

DeSantis is “looking to rebound,” as he has sunk in the polls and is “taking flak from Donald Trump,” The Wall Street Journal reported. DeSantis is reportedly working to sharpen his political message with a TV ad. At the time of this report, DeSantis had received a warm welcome in “Trump-friendly” Ohio, and was also scheduled to meet with lawmakers in Washington, D., NBC News and MyCBS4 reported.

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