He was a middle-class kid whose smarts got him to Yale then Harvard Law, where he was inspired to join the Navy after watching A Few Good Men. She was a glamorous Jacksonville news anchor who was one of the most recognized faces on Florida television.
Within a year of meeting on a golf driving range, Ron DeSantis married Casey Black in a white wedding at Disney World, Orlando.
It was a storybook union, sealed in a place where fairy tales are the currency, and within 12 years, they would be the Republican golden couple. Along with their three young children, they have been described as a family ‘ready-made for a political campaign brochure’. …
Insiders say it is Casey, 42, who molded her husband’s fortunes. She is, according to those in the know, widely recognized as his closest advisor and confidante, a de facto member of his staff and a driving force behind his success whose influence has been compared to that of Nancy Reagan over her husband.
It is Casey, they say, who pushed his meteoric rise and used her media training to polish his image for the national stage.
The ex-journalist is the ’emotional tuning fork’ who softens a man that ex-staff have described as a ‘bully’ with ‘the personality of a piece of paper,’ insiders close to DeSantis’s office told Vanity Fair this month.
Despite a public battle with cancer that went into remission in March, Casey has remained as hands-on as ever, attending almost all of her husband’s campaign events and even answering his emails.
Polished and articulate, the potential first lady has spearhead several fundraising efforts for her husband, for causes ranging from cancer research and recovery efforts for Hurricane Ian. …
Former colleagues of Casey’s at local station WJXT told Vanity Fair earlier this year: ‘I remember I once said [to a colleague], ‘Casey wants to be a senator’s wife.’ And he said, ‘No, she fully intends on being a president’s wife’.’