A mysterious death turned Ron DeSantis’ life upside down

Dec 13, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is coming off a landslide re-election win.

Many believe DeSantis is also plotting a 2024 Presidential campaign.

And this mysterious death turned Ron DeSantis’ life upside down.

Law enforcement found Total Military Management President Kent Stermon dead in his car.

Stermon donated $140,000 to Florida campaigns since 2017 including $50,000 to Governor DeSantis, and his death is now under investigation.

“This investigation remains ongoing at this time and will continue until its completion,” Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said in an interview with POLITICO.

However, police do not suspect foul play.

News 4 Jacksonville reports:

A prominent Northeast Florida businessman and well-known political donor has died.

According to multiple sources, Kent Stermon was found dead in his car at the Mayport Post Office in Atlantic Beach on Thursday night. He was 50 years old.

Police said foul play is not suspected in the death.

“The Governor and First Lady were shocked and saddened to hear of Kent’s passing, and their prayers (and our entire office’s prayers) are with his family during this difficult time,” a statement from DeSantis’ office read, adding that “we have no knowledge” of the investigation.

Stermon served as a DeSantis ally and donor.

DeSantis once even lived in a condo owned by one of Stermon’s companies when redistricting drew DeSantis out of his Congressional seat.

He needed to find a residence after dropping out of the 2016 Senate race and Florida’s new Congressional map eliminated his old district.

And DeSantis eventually settled in a different district and won re-election to Congress and began his ascent in Republican politics.

After defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum in the Florida Gubernatorial Election DeSantis nominated Stermon to serve on the state university Board of Governors in 2019.

The university released a statement expressing shock at Stermon’s death and sympathy for his family.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Governor Kent Stermon,” Board of Governors members’ statement read. “For the last three years, Kent has served on this board with distinction. He has been a champion of higher education and student success in Florida and a long-time supporter of the University of North Florida in many ways throughout the years. The Board of Governors sends its heartfelt condolences to Kent’s family during this difficult time.”

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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