According to new reports House Republican Matt Gaetz is strongly considering a run for governor in Florida in 2026. Gaetz currently represents the 1st district in Florida and is serving his fourth term.
Here’s more from NBC News:
The idea that Rep. Matt Gaetz will run for Florida governor in 2026 has been the topic of several conversations in Tallahassee over the past few days, including during a reception Sunday night for the incoming speaker of the Florida House.
Gaetz has long been considered on the shortlist of those who will try to seek the Republican nomination for governor, a field that is expected to be crowded because the incumbent, Ron DeSantis, will be facing term limits. DeSantis is currently running for president but would have two years remaining in the governor’s mansion if that run falls short.
Gaetz, like most other Florida Republican politicians, was in Tallahassee for the designation ceremony of Miami Republican state Rep. Danny Perez, who starting next year will serve as speaker of the Florida House.
As part of those festivities, Perez held a reception Sunday night at an AC Hotel by Marriott near the city’s downtown. At the event Gaetz was seen “kind of holding court,” and he strongly implied several times he would be running for governor, four people at the event told NBC News.
“There was a lot of talk about it at the reception last night, and Gaetz was telling people to basically expect him to be in,” one longtime Florida Republican lobbyist said.
Gaetz has not publicly downplayed the idea he might run for governor one day, but told NBC News Monday his only political focus at the moment is trying to elect Donald Trump in 2024.
And let me guess, he’s going to want DeSantis’ endorsement when he runs in 2026. If DeSantis were to act like Trump then there’s no way he’d ever get it. But since DeSantis doesn’t operate like Trump, I’d say there’s a possibility. But even so, Gaetz just doesn’t make he think he’s governor material and so I think it’d be a long shot for him to run. So if I were him, I really wouldn’t expect an endorsement by DeSantis.