Texas Congressman Chip Roy has made an endorsement in the 2024 Republican primary.
Roy, who spearheaded the push against Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker until House leadership made significant concessions, has long been an advocate for change in how Washington D.C. operates. His endorsement follows that same mentality as he calls for Republicans to vote for Ron DeSantis next year.
“The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course,” Roy wrote to supporters. “America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination.”
NEW: @chiproytx endorses Ron DeSantis for president.
“The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course…That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.” pic.twitter.com/tERiXPhkTZ
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) March 15, 2023
While DeSantis is not an official candidate in the 2024 race, he has long been rumored to be eyeing a bid. The Florida governor recently won re-election in Florida by 20 points, blowing out former Democratic governor Charlie Crist and growing his voting base across virtually all demographic groups.
The endorsement from Roy comes at a time when the Republican Party seems to be choosing which path to chart. Former president Donald Trump, who lost a re-election bid to Joe Biden in 2020, has been attacking DeSantis pretty heavily in recent months in anticipation of a challenge. Nikki Haley, former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador, has also announced. Vivek Ramaswamy, a tech businessman and anti-woke activist, was the third candidate to declare.
Mike Pompeo and Mike Pence, among others, are also expected to make an announcement soon.
In his endorsement, Roy calls DeSantis a “man of conviction – a man who puts his faith in God first as a dedicated husband and father.” He also touts his “no-nonsense” record as Governor of Florida.
“He strives to unite us again as one people under the banner of freedom and equal opportunity,” Roy wrote, “with the courage to stand athwart the destructive divisiveness of identity politics or the temptation to pander.”
The Congressman has proven himself to be a major player on the House floor, passionate in his speeches and convictions and capable of fighting Washington’s status quo and walking away with victories, as seen during the Speaker fight.
Roy’s full letter can be read below.
Dear Fellow Conservative,
The next President of the United States must be a vibrant and energetic leader with the faith, vision, and courage to chart a new course. America needs a leader who will truly defend her and empower the people against the destructive force of unrestrained government and corporate excess, profligate spending, and woke cultural indoctrination.
That leader is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Governor DeSantis is a man of conviction – a man who puts his faith in God first as a dedicated husband and father. He grew up a blue collar kid who worked hard, got a great education, and used it immediately to serve his country. He loves America unapologetically but loves freedom and the rule of law even more, with the courage to fight for both.
As Governor, he unequivocally has made Florida stronger and freer. Economic growth and prosperity in Florida surged upon his firm rejection of the devastating COVID mandates foisted upon us by foolishly empowered Washington bureaucrats. He stared down woke corporate America and higher education. And he stood with Texas in defense of our border – sending a message to elites in Martha’s Vineyard that they cannot ignore the human and economic toll of open borders.
His style of no-nonsense government and fearless rejection of woke “conventional wisdom* has demonstrated an appeal to all of us based on our shared values as Americans. He strives to unite us again as one people under the banner of freedom and equal opportunity – with the courage to stand athwart the destructive divisiveness of identity politics or the temptation to pander.
But he has also proven his ability to win at the ballot box time and time again. When other Republicans were faltering in key races, Governor DeSantis provided a positive vision for the future with prudent, conservative action. The result was crystal clear: Republicans enjoyed sweeping, historic performances statewide.
Perhaps most of all, Governor DeSantis makes clear he would lead our nation as commander in chief with the kind of resolve and sober strength that produces peace through strength. A veteran himself, he recognizes that a military is best when it is strong, non-politically correct, and lethal – while being sparingly but decisively used and not mired in endless, protracted military engagements all around the globe.
America has been built upon and defined by the sacrifices of one generation for the next. When Republicans choose our 2024 presidential nominee – whom I intend to support against Joe Biden or any other Democrat candidate – I believe it’s time for a new generation of leadership. It’s time for younger, but proven, leadership to offer America eight solid years of transformational change.
It’s time for Ron DeSantis to be President of the United States.
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