Political Scientist: How Ron DeSantis Has Changed Since The Campaign

Jan 7, 2019

Professor Carol Weissert is the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar and Chair of Civic Education and Political Science at Florida State University.
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Governor-elect Ron DeSantis officially takes office on Tuesday.

The former Congressman stuck with Fox News as his media outlet of choice during the campaign, and he largely stayed quiet during the election recount.

Since then, his transition teams have been crafting policy plans.

DeSantis announced new state agency chiefs that political observers call qualified candidates. He even crossed the aisle to hire Democrats to lead Florida's Department of Emergency Management and Department of Revenue.  

Unlike fellow Republican and outgoing Governor Rick Scott, DeSantis says environmental issues will be among his priorities.

Florida Public Radio’s Gina Jordan talks with Carol Weissert, professor of political science at Florida State University, about the change in DeSantis since the campaign.