Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will address a local Republican Party group in Pennsylvania next month, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, in the latest sign of his growing national brand among GOP voters.
Citing three unnamed sources, the Inquirer reported that DeSantis’ visit is scheduled for May 20 with the Republican Party in Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh. The trip will put DeSantis in the second most populous county in what has become one of the nation’s most important political battlegrounds, a fact that is sure to fuel more speculation about the Republican leader’s prospects as a future presidential contender in 2024.
A spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Florida did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The out-of-state visit would be the second of the year for DeSantis following a January trip to Texas where he gave the keynote address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation. In his remarks, DeSantis spoke at length about one of the right’s top priorities: perceived censorship from Big Tech companies.
“I think it’s probably the most important legislative issue that we’re going to have to get right this year and next year,” DeSantis told the Austin audience.
DeSantis has become a popular figure in the post-Donald Trump Republican Party. He’s a fixture on Fox News, where his less restrictive approach to the coronavirus has won him acclaim from the conservative network’s slate of hosts and personalities. He welcomed the Conservative Political Action Conference to Florida, where the home town crowd named DeSantis their top pick for the GOP nomination for president in 2024 — if, of course, Trump doesn’t run.