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The family of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been hit with tragic news.
On Monday it was reported that his wife Casey has been diagnosed with breast cancer, The Daily Mail reported.
“’I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady,” the Florida governor said.
“As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state. Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up,” he said.
The governor did not say at what stage the cancer was detected.
Casey DeSantis, 41, and her husband are the parents of Madison, 4 years old, Mason, three years old and Mamie, 18 months.
Since the governor took office in 2019, Casey has launched four major initiatives, including most recently spearheading ‘Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, Economic Self-Sufficiency and Hope.’ The program benefits single parents, Floridians on government assistance, single mothers with substance abuse issues and children aging out of the foster care system.
She formerly worked for the PGA tour as a producer and television host.
The governor was in the news on Sunday when excerpts from a new interview with Donald Trump showed the 45th President of the United States said he would defeat DeSantis in a Republican primary for the nomination in 2024 if the two men faced each other.
In a Sunday interview with Yahoo Finance he said he does not believe anyone can stand in his way of being the Republican nominee if he decides he wants to campaign for it, Fox News reported.
Less than a week before he returns to the state that kicks off the race for the White House, former President Trump says in a new interview that if he runs again for president, most other Republicans would “drop out.”
But if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, whose standing among conservatives has skyrocketed over the past year and a half, also makes a bid for the 2024 GOP nomination, Trump emphasizes “I’d beat him.”
The former president made his comments in excerpts released Sunday from an interview with Yahoo Finance that’s scheduled to be published on Monday.
Trump remains very popular and influential among Republican voters and GOP politicians as he continues to play a kingmaker’s role in party politics and repeatedly flirts with launching a third straight presidential campaign, to try and return to the White House.
Trump remains the overwhelming front runner in all of the extremely early polls in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race. But in hypothetical questions with Trump not on the ballot, DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence top the large field of potential contenders in most surveys.
“I don’t think I will face him,” he said of the popular Florida governor in a potential match for the nomination in 2024. “I think most people would drop out, I think he would drop out.”
But he said that “if I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”
Last week Gov. DeSantis dismissed talk of him vying for the Republican nomination for president in 2024 when he spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity saying, “I’m not considering anything beyond doing my job.”
“We’ve got a lot of stuff going on in Florida. I’m going to be running for reelection next year and we’re also working on a lot of things in the state beyond just the governor’s race,” he said.