Gaetz Addresses Speculation About Future Florida Gubernatorial Bid

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has become a prominent voice in the House since he was first elected to Congress in 2016.

While his brash, often provocative rhetoric has made him a lightning rod for attacks from the left and even some fellow Republicans, many on the right are bullish about his future political career — including the possibility that he will mount a gubernatorial bid at some point.

During a recent event in Tallahassee, Gaetz responded to speculation about his interest in seeking the position. He acknowledged considering such a campaign, but said now is not the time to pursue it.

“My only political focus right now is Trump 2024,” Gaetz asserted.

The Florida Republican has been a staunch supporter of GOP presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump, declaring him the unofficial 2024 nominee following last month’s debate.

“This race is functionally over,” Gaetz said at the time. “I mean, there has not been a Republican leading by this much in Iowa since George W. Bush in 2000. And beyond Iowa, the numbers only get better for the Trump campaign.”

Trump opted to skip the debate in favor of sitting down for an interview with former Fox News personality Tucker Calson that premiered simultaneously.

Looking beyond next year’s election, however, Gaetz did not rule out a 2026 bid to succeed Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

He acknowledged that “many did encourage [him] to consider running for governor one day,” adding that if “there’s any job that might be even a little bit better than the president [of the] United States, it would be the governor of the Sunshine State.”

Although he has endorsed Trump in the ongoing presidential race, Gaetz offered a glowing assessment of the job DeSantis — who is also campaigning for the GOP nomination — has done as governor.

Gaetz, who once served as an adviser to DeSantis, said that Florida has “an outstanding governor who will be in that position through 2026.”

He has been critical of the governor’s White House bid on occasion but remains a vocal supporter of his record in Florida.

“I’m glad Ron DeSantis is there and I hope we get him two more years,” Gaetz concluded.