State Representative Randy Fine made headlines yesterday when he withdrew his endorsement of Governor DeSantis and endorsed former President Trump for the Republican Presidential Primary. The most recent polls show Trump comfortably at 58%, while DeSantis is barely into double digits. DeSantis also trails Trump in Florida. Fine’s decision came after he discovered that the Governor would no longer intervene on his behalf for the President of Florida Atlantic University position he so ardently desired and had assured everyone he would secure. Fine didn’t even make the shortlist, let alone meet the actual qualifications for the job.
Publicly, Fine claims his reason for withdrawing his support is that DeSantis is all talk and no action when it comes to supporting Israel, defending Jews, and combating anti-Semitism. Just days before this unexpected announcement, Fine was lauding DeSantis for his ACTIONS on behalf of Jewish people and Israel. As the saying goes, the internet never forgets. He criticized DeSantis for remaining silent during a Nazi protest in front of Disney, conveniently omitting that he too had been silent.
While taking an elevator instead of the stairs at the Melbourne Courthouse, Fine tweeted, “The easy way is never the right way,” acknowledging that there might be repercussions for his actions. It seems there’s a first time for everything. Fine has a long list of ethical and legal violations for which he has yet to face consequences.
As Fine postures himself as the self-proclaimed spokesperson as a converted and adopted Jew, often highlighting that he’s the only Republican Jew in the Florida House, it’s evident that his loyalty lasts only as long as it serves his interests.