Jeff Brandes, a Pinellas libertarian, billionaire, military veteran, and most interesting Republican in the Florida Senate, is stepping down due to term limits. He told Shelley Ribach at his MidPoint Wednesday that his passion for policy over politics, his lone struggle for criminal justice and tort reform to address the property insurance crisis, and the recent accusations of voter fraud. We talked about his hope for ‘grace’ to the 20. Governor DeSantis. Brandes explained why he thinks state attorney Andrew Warren would win the case over the governor’s suspension, saying that had Warren been still in the Senate when Warren’s case went to a vote, “the governor’s “It’s going to be a very difficult time to uphold the verdict.” Because Warren’s “statement is not enough to overturn the will of the people.”
Brandes believes his position today is still within the Florida Republican Party, as his views are representative of the politics of most young Republicans today. “They don’t care who you sleep with and believe that adult use of cannabis should be legal.” And Florida has some big problems. called the Florida Policy Project, which focuses on criminal justice reform, property insurance, housing affordability, and transportation.
Will Jeff Brandes return to elected office after this “break”? He never said “never.”
Senator Brandes was late for the interview, but we got there.