People call Casey and Ron DeSantis ‘the DeSanti’, says former staffer

  • People close to Ron DeSantis say that he and his wife Casey are like a singular entity: “The DeSanti”.
  • They said Politico Casey DeSantis has the most influence over her husband and is “more paranoid than him”.
  • “She is both his greatest asset and his greatest liability,” a DeSantis donor told Politico.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey are so inseparable that they’ve morphed into a collective being that those close to them call “The DeSanti.”

That’s according to Politico’s interviews with people in DeSantis’ orbit and several former staffers. According to a person who got to know the pair when DeSantis first ran for Congress in 2015, he and his wife are so in sync that they’ve become almost a “singular identity.”

The couple’s partnership has also led to some people in the couple’s orbit collectively calling them “The DeSanti,” per Politico.

People Politico spoke to also detailed just how much Casey DeSantis influences her husband — from his policies to how he subtly changed the way his last name is pronounced from “Dee-Santis” to “Deh. -Santis”. On the one hand, she’s working to “humanize the robot” that her husband is and give him a “cleaner, softer image,” a former staffer told Politico.

“She is both his greatest asset and his greatest liability,” Dan Eberhart, a donor and DeSantis supporter, told Politico. He added that while she makes him more approachable and likable, she has a lot of influence over his political decisions and tends to alienate him from his staff.

“I’ve heard from frustrated staffers that they think the governor made a decision, he talks to him, comes back, the decision is the opposite or different,” Eberhart added.

“He’s a leader who makes political decisions with the help of his wife, who was elected by no one, who is blindly ambitious,” another former DeSantis staffer told Politico.

Another staff member told the outlet that she was “more paranoid than him”. And a Republican consultant told Politico there’s been so much turnover in DeSantis’ office because “if you’re on the wrong side of Casey DeSantis, you’re gone.”

“She’s a vindictive motherfucker. She’s the double. She’s the goalie,” a senior member of DeSantis’ staff told Politico.

Breast cancer survivor, former television journalist and mother of three, Casey DeSantis is said to have been the force behind her husband since the start of his administration.

“Clearly she’s the X factor,” Scott Parkinson, one of Ron DeSantis’ former chiefs of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, told Insider’s Lyz Lenz and Kimberly Leonard. “They complement the political element that is Ron DeSantis. Without Casey, he wouldn’t be the same person.”

Representatives for DeSantis did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside of normal business hours.


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