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Dan Bongino endorses Ron DeSantis for Senate

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An active day for the Ron DeSantis press shop continued on Thursday evening, with the GOP Senate campaign trumpeting the endorsement of Dan Bongino.

Bongino, who lost general elections in Maryland during the last two cycles, 2012 for Senate and 2014 for House, noted in a statement put out by the DeSantis team that he will “not be running for Florida’s vacant Senate Seat,” as there is a “superb candidate” (DeSantis) already in the race.

Bongino moved to Florida in 2015; at that point, a Washington Post article suggested that it was for political reasons.

Bongino extolled DeSantis, saying that “he will not only talk the talk about the critical importance of preserving the liberties we have, and fighting to win back the liberties we are losing, but he will also walk the walk and fight the fights.”

No specificity was provided about which liberties are being lost, or which ones are in need of preservation.

“Walking away wasn’t an easy decision,” Bongino added, though it is uncertain from what he was walking away.

The timing of this endorsement seems designed to blunt the emerging campaign of Carlos Beruff, who DeSantis’ team called a “Charlie Crist Republican” earlier in the day.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at

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