Donald Trump's shadow looms over Republican governors gathering in Orlando
It's Donald Trump's Republican Party now, but several of the Republican governors he repeatedly made uneasy over the past year will gather in Florida today to lay out their visions for governing.
The Republican Governors Association holda its annual conference today and Wednesday at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek where governors including Florida's Rick Scott, will preside over the first major gathering of GOP leaders since the election. Scott is the most enthusiastic supporter of the president-elect among the governors scheduled to attend.
Other governors expected include South Carolina's Nikki Haley (who denounced Trump early in the year but eventually said she would vote for him);Utah's Gary Herbert (who said he would not vote for him after the Access Hollywood tape came out); Incoming RGA Chairman Scott Walker of Wisconsin (who backed Ted Cruz over Trump at the end of the presidential primary); Arkansas' Asa Hutchinson (who eventually backed Trump and is said to be contender for Trump's attorney general); Arizona's Doug Ducey; New Mexico's Susannah Martinez (who openly sparred with Trump); Georgia's Nathan Deal; Greg Abbott of Texas; and Tennesee's Bill Haslam (who at one point called on Trump to step aside and let Mike Pence be the nominee).
Republicans now control 33 governor's offices, more than any time since in nearly a century. Thirty-eight states including Florida will hold gubernatorial races in 2018, which could be particularly important given redistricting that will occur in 2020.