Not lengthy after the calendar turned to 2024, Kim Reynolds, the Republican governor of Iowa, signed into X, the platform previously generally known as Twitter, and posted concerning the presidential major, the place she has emerged as a key backer of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida over former President Donald J. Trump.
But she was not posting from her publicly verified @KimReynoldsIA account. Ms. Reynolds as a substitute used one other one, @Kimberl26890376, the place in current months she has shared her unfiltered emotions on the state of affairs within the Republican major forward of the Iowa caucuses.
On this event, she reposted a DeSantis supporter’s meme. It included two photographs facet by facet — considered one of Mr. DeSantis smiling along with his spouse and youngsters; the opposite of Mr. Trump flanked by 4 girls at his ritzy New Year’s Eve celebration. “The contrast is overwhelming…” the textual content learn.
Ms. Reynolds’s little-known Twitter account straddles a line someplace between private and non-private. It has her photograph within the profile image and lists the person identify as “Kimberly Reynolds” (she often goes by Kim). But it’s under no circumstances linked to both her verified political account or her official governor’s one, and it doesn’t determine her because the governor of Iowa. As of Thursday morning, @Kimberl26890376 had 259 followers, an indication of its obscurity, though the next included various influential Iowa political operatives.
A spokesman for Ms. Reynolds didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Ms. Reynolds has had the @Kimberl26890376 account since 2021, in accordance with X, however a majority of her 58 posts have are available in current months and are nearly solely concerning the presidential major. She has used reposts to advertise Mr. DeSantis’s media appearances and amplify criticisms of Mr. Trump. In November, for instance, she shared a publish from one other DeSantis supporter who wrote, “Trump has no loyalty but demands it from everyone else. That’s FEALTY. Which makes sense because these people want a king.”
She has additionally “liked” a spread of pro-Desantis, anti-Trump and anti-Nikki Haley content material.
And she has used her obscure account to supply light critiques of Mr. DeSantis’s marketing campaign technique, at one level liking a message from one other person urging him to carry extra city halls. “The campaign needs to get more of these lined up, asap!” the publish mentioned.
Ms. Reynolds took a political danger in endorsing Mr. DeSantis when he was effectively behind Mr. Trump final 12 months, and he or she has aggressively campaigned to elevate him within the state, together with showing in some adverts. She additionally posts concerning the major race in her essential account, together with to mock Ms. Haley, the previous governor of South Carolina, for her current comment that New Hampshire voters will “correct” the choice of Iowans.
“I trust Iowans to make their own decisions. No ‘corrections’ needed!” Ms. Reynolds wrote in a publish on her essential account on Jan. 3.
In December, Ms. Reynolds used the @Kimberl26890376 account to supply encouragement to Mr. DeSantis. “Followed through 100% on promises made!!” she wrote in a single publish. “Leader!” she wrote in one other.