As predictable from past elections the four incumbent Florida U.S. Representatives that co-sponsor the FAIRtax were all re-elected. They are Matt Gaetz, District 1; Ted Yoho, District 3; Bill Posey, District 8 and Gus Bilirakis, District 12. The newly elected Michael Waltz, District 3 Representative, replaces Ron DeSantis and has signed a FAIRtax pledge. Florida Senator Rick Scott has indications of becoming a co-sponsor and Marco Rubio has yet to fulfill his co-sponsor campaign promise.
Elected Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, was a FAIRtax co-sponsor during his three terms as the District 3 Representative. During the campaign an opponent attacked DeSantis with false and misleading TV and mailer advertisements about the FAIRtax and accusing DeSantis of being a Washington insider. This deceitful action back fired as it eroded the credibility of the candidate, activated the informed FAIRtax voter base and helped lift DeSantis to become elected.
Per Steve Hayes, President of Americans for Fair Taxation, “One political consultant told me that the social media comments were the most negative for any candidate’s ad that he had ever seen. Almost all of the comments were pointing out untruths in the ads and switching support to Mr. DeSantis. The attack ads were driving people away from the opponent and to DeSantis.”