Richard Corcoran for Chief of Staff? And other notes from inside the DeSantis transition
Even with his opponent retracting his concession while a recount of the election results was underway, Ron DeSantis has wasted little time preparing to take the reins of state government. Since as soon as the Friday after Election Day, the former congressman has sat in on a series of meetings and interviews designed to chart the course of his administration.
And now, with a second concession from Democrat Andrew Gillum and DeSantis named the clear victor, the Governor-elect can accelerate his transition plans.
Look for DeSantis to name a Chief of Staff immediately after — but not before — the Thanksgiving holiday, sources familiar with his decision-making tell Florida Politics.
That job, almost undoubtedly, would have gone to campaign maestro Susie Wiles, however she has told the Gov.-elect she plans to return to Jacksonville and her lucrative private sector role after the transition.
Initially, four political insiders — Shane Strum, Kathy Mears, Scott Parkinson, and Scott Ross — were thought to be in the running for the Chief of Staff position, however the shortlist is in flux as DeSantis plans to interview several more candidates for the job.
Meanwhile, Mears, a former chief of staff to