Florida Republicans learn a lesson about serving two masters

Florida Republicans learn a lesson about serving two masters

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis got his ticket punched in the Iowa caucuses. Then he took that ticket and rode it straight to a departure from the Republican presidential primaries just five days later. With DeSantis dropping out and quickly endorsing Donald Trump, it might seem like a sullen silence would fall on the Sunshine State.

But that may not be the case. Florida is one of 44 states where the governor has a power not given to presidents: a line-item veto over spending. On Friday, the Florida Legislature ended a contentious session, passing a $117 billion state budget. However, DeSantis has already announced his intention to “trim” that number.

The question now is whether DeSantis will use his authority to punish state legislators who didn’t line up behind his failed presidential bid.

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