Most state legislators eagerly bolted for home as the fifth week of the legislative session ended Friday, but not House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
He flew to Las Vegas for the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, another sign that his sights are on the Governor’s Mansion, not quietly taking the lonely Suncoast Parkway back to the Land O’Lakes exit in sleepy Pasco County.
The RJC is enough of a political force that the weekend event features U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Lindsey Graham, ex-White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and a slew of governors, including Rick Scott, who has a speaking slot.
The coalition’s web site bills it as a weekend of “politics, policy and poker at the fabulous Venetian/Palazzo Resort and Hotel” on the Vegas strip.
Deal the cards. The Venetian is owned by Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino operator, chairman of RJC’s board of directors, deep-pocket GOP donor and supporter of U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose twin cheering sections of Fox News and President Trump make him a suddenly formidable presence in statewide politics in Florida.
Free national news coverage is highly coveted in a political campaign, and DeSantis might be getting more air time than some of Fox News’ anchors. His personal Twitter account shows him doing TV “hits” on Feb. 2, 3, and 5.