McClintock looks for a drama-free break from Trump in 2024

The Elk Grove Republican and conservative luminary is taking his support to a different GOP contender for President.

A longtime California Congressman is beginning to publicly support a presidential candidate. 

Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove) is endorsing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former president Donald Trump. 


The backstory: McClintock first signaled his support for DeSantis last November shortly after the midterm elections on an appearance on KMJ with Fresno City Councilman Garry Bredefeld. 

  • DeSantis, who has been long-rumored to run, appears closer to making it official as he traveled to Iowa last week. 
  • The Florida Governor swung through California a couple weeks ago in Orange County to promote his new book. 

What they’re saying: When asked by the San Francisco Chronicle during the California Republican Party convention over the weekend, McClintock stayed steady with his support from last November. 

  • “I’m leaning towards DeSantis,” McClintock said. “He offers all of Donald Trump’s policies without the drama.” 

What we’re watching: It appears that McClintock is the first California Congressional representative to break from Trump and endorse DeSantis, although more could soon follow. 

  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R–Richvale) declined to endorse a candidate during the event, telling the publication that he is undecided after backing Trump in the previous two cycles. 
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