House Republicans head to Florida this week for their annual retreat — straight into the belly of the beast of the 2024 presidential primary campaign.
The Sunshine State is home to both former President Donald Trump, who wants his old job back, and Gov. Ron DeSantis, the young, conservative star who hasn’t announced a presidential bid but is making not-so-subtle moves to wrest away the GOP nomination from Trump.
As their three-day issues retreat in Orlando kicks off Sunday, Republicans are desperately trying to stay out of the growing Trump-vs.-DeSantis fray. They’re fighting to keep control of their razor-thin House majority, and are fully aware that a big knock-down, drag-out fight between the two GOP heavyweights could divide the 222-member conference and distract them from that goal.