Casey DeSantis reveals husband Ron chanelled his inner Tom Cruise on wedding day
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA: With Ron DeSantis’ presidential run for 2024, all eyes are also fixed on the woman in his life, his wife Casey DeSantis, who is believed to be “a force to be reckoned with” as her husband works toward his goal. It has been said that Casey resembles strong former First Ladies -- Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan.
However, for Florida’s First Lady, her husband is Tom Cruise. The Daily Mail reported that on their wedding day at Disney World in November 2009 when Ron donned his white navy uniform, his then-would-be wife found him looking similar to the iconic actor from ‘Top Gun’. At the time, many were, however, not sure about the future of their union.
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‘Exceedingly hands-on political spouse’
A guest at their wedding told the publication, “There were people there that didn't think it would work - that didn't think it was a good match.” But the DeSantises proved them wrong as the two are going stronger and have also become parents to three over the years. Currently, Casey is said to be her husband’s closest confidante and one of his honest advisors.
It has also been speculated that the 42-year-old would be a vital part of Ron’s White House campaign. Katherine Jellison, a Professor of History at Ohio University who studies First Ladies, told DailyMail, “She is apparently an exceedingly hands-on political spouse. She is her husband's closest advisor and often literally shares the stage with him.”
Jellison continued, “At this point, I think most Americans only know her visually. With her cascading dark hair and colorful wardrobe, she somewhat resembles a young Priscilla Presley and immediately attracts attention when she is on stage with her husband. She also apparently has a much more colorful personality than her husband.”
‘She would play a major role in directing the activities of President DeSantis’
“She seems to enjoy interacting with the public much more than he does. When she has a speaking role during appearances with her husband, she may actually spend more time talking to the audience than he does. I think she will be a force to be reckoned with as the wife of a presidential candidate,” she noted.
“And if she were to become First Lady, I think she would probably present herself as she has in her role as Florida First Lady - as primarily a supportive wife and caring mother of three young children. But behind the scenes, she would play a major role in directing the activities of President DeSantis,” the Ohio University professor added.
Florida Democratic Representative Jared Moskowitz also shared, “When she comes into a room, people really gravitate towards her. When we walked into a room, I mean, she knew how to work that room. She made sure she talked to everybody. She made sure she gave them time, to make sure that she listened. She takes notes. She really knows how to light up a room.”
‘One of the most talented people I've ever worked with’
However, these qualities have not suddenly arisen inside Casey. Reports have said that the former Emmy-winning journalist knew how to get things done earlier too. Nikki Kimbleton, a former colleague at independent TV station News4Jax in Jacksonville, said, “She was just outgoing and beautiful and incredible. And one of the most talented people I've ever worked with.
“She was so good. And she connected with the audience. Viewers loved her. She just, has something really, really special about her,” Kimbleton added.