KSL AT NIGHT

Gov. Ron DeSantis will be keynote speaker at GOP convention next month

Mar 28, 2023, 9:30 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions from the media in the Florida Cabinet following his Sta...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions from the media in the Florida Cabinet following his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. DeSanits will be the keynote speaker at the Utah GOP convention next month at Utah Valley University. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS

(AP Photo/Phil Sears)

LSALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party has announced that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be the keynote speaker at its state convention next month.

State Republican chairman Carson Jorgensen joined KSL at Night with hosts Leah Murray and Derek Brown to discuss the governor’s visit to the state.

“He is gonna come see us,” Jorgensen said. “I’ve been working on this for quite some time now, and I’ve been clear to everybody. This is Governor Ron DeSantis. This isn’t presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis. This has nothing to do with Trump or DeSantis or anything like that.”

Why Utah for Gov. DeSantis?

Murray asked, “What makes coming to Utah, something that Governor DeSantis would want to do?”

“I think he just likes to get out and share the message,” Jorgensen said. “And they’ve done such a phenomenal job with Republican policies in the state of Florida. And we’ve all seen what he’s done from winning an election by a narrow margin to blowing it out by almost 20 points in a state that was considered purple a couple of years ago.”

Brown asked what it meant to have Gov. DeSantis come to the state from a fundraising perspective?

“It’s a good thing anytime you can bring credibility to the party like that,” Jorgensen said. “To give enough credence to the party that someone nationally will show up like that, people take notice. And people want to be there to see him.”

No complaints as of yet

Murray asked, “Have you received any complaints from delegates for this being your headline?”

“I haven’t actually,” Jorgensen said. “And I think this is part and parcel to the whole thing. And I believe this is where we need to stay as a party.”

Additionally, he says that having too many good Republican candidates is never a problem.

“Let’s let the cream rise to the top,” he said. “Because the cream always does rise to the top.”

The Utah Republican Convention is scheduled for April 22 at Utah Valley University.

 

Listen to KSL at Night on weeknights from 7 to 9 p.m.

Read more: Three Utah senators encourage Gov. DeSantis to run for president

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

KSL at Night

iowa caucuses voters...

Aimee Cobabe

Iowa caucuses kick off amid freezing temperatures

Despite the Iowa caucuses taking place amid sub-zero temperatures, Utah GOP Chair Robert Axson is still optimistic about turnout.

1 month ago

Side-by-side images of Taylor Knuth and Ben Nadolski, the two candidates now running in the Ogden C...

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Get to know the Ogden Mayoral candidates

The two people running for Ogden Mayor are Taylor Knuth and Ben Naldoski. Both of them say the city's growth is a big priority.

4 months ago

Childcare needs Utah...

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Study shows childcare demand is high in Utah

The Utah Women & Leadership Project released new research looking at the need for childcare solutions in Utah.

4 months ago

Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years....

Carlos Artiles Fortun

Glendale Regional Park: Salt Lake City’s first regional park in over 60 years

The Glendale Regional Park project is now underway, it will feature a massive playground, an amphitheater and a pool.

4 months ago

Image of Heidi Balderree, who won the special election to replace Sen. Jake Anderegg. (Heidi Balder...

Clayre Scott

Heidi Balderree discusses plans as Utah’s newest senator

As session Utah's 2024 legislative session approaches, Balderree said she will be focused on items like transportation and education. 

4 months ago

ep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, and Senate Minority Leader Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, talk ...

Kristine Weller

Utah is ‘stepping up’ by providing health insurance to immigrant children

A bill that allows children of immigrants to be eligible for the state's Children's Health Insurance Program was passed earlier this year.

5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Gov. Ron DeSantis will be keynote speaker at GOP convention next month