The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) on Wednesday announced that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) would be the special guest and keynote speaker at the upcoming Winter Dinner on March 9 in Birmingham.

DeSantis rose to national prominence for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and is believed to be heavily weighing a 2024 presidential bid. He has drawn the ire of former President Donald Trump, who announced late in 2022 that he was running again.

ALGOP chairman John Wahl said he was "thrilled" to bring the governor, who is "well known for his common sense conservative values," to the Yellowhammer State.

"The Governor is well known for his common sense conservative values, and defending the people of Florida from government overreach," the chairman added. "Under his leadership Florida's economy is soaring. He has a consistent record of cutting wasteful spending and achieving record budget surpluses, and won re-election by over 1.5 million votes, the largest raw vote margin for a gubernatorial candidate in Florida history. We are looking forward to hosting him here in the Yellowhammer state."

Tickets are $250 per person or $400 per couple and can be purchased on the ALGOP website.

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