Rep Byron Donalds confirms he’s thinking of a run for Florida governor
Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds is considering a run to be the Sunshine State’s next governor in 2026.
A source close to Donalds confirmed to Fox News Digital he is considering a run for the Florida governorship.
Donalds told Fox News Digital that he is focused on getting former President Trump back into office before moving onto “that other stuff.”
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“I’m committed to making Biden a one-term president,” Donalds told Fox News Digital. “We’ll focus on that other stuff after President Trump gets inaugurated.”
Donalds told reporters he was considering a run on Tuesday as he spearheads the continuing resolution in the House to avoid a government shutdown.
The congressman has also said he would join Trump as his running mate if asked by the former president.
Additionally, Donalds’ potential run comes as rumors swirl about a potential governor’s run from fellow Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Gaetz on Tuesday, however, shot down the rumors of a gubernatorial run, saying he is more focused on supporting Trump’s 2024 White House campaign.
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“I ran into dozens of former colleagues from my days in the state legislature,” Gaetz told Axios. “They encouraged me relentlessly to consider returning to Florida. I wasn’t focused on any of that talk, though.”
A potential Donalds candidacy would come in 2026, when current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ineligible to run under the state’s constitution.
The House must pass Donalds’ continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown before the end of September.
House Republicans reached a consensus — save some holdouts — for the funding measure over the weekend, but the holdouts are threatening to derail the measure.
Gaetz is one of those holdouts, who has been threatening a mutiny against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to oust him from the speakership.
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However, McCarthy has scoffed at the threats against his speakership, telling Gaetz to “file a f—ing motion” to remove him from his post during a House GOP conference meeting last Thursday.
The resolution would continue funding through the end of October as the lower chamber finishes putting together appropriations bills before the Sept. 30 deadline.