Not lengthy after the calendar turned to 2024, Kim Reynolds, the Republican governor of Iowa, signed into X, the platform previously often called 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.
However she was not posting from her publicly verified @KimReynoldsIA account. Ms. Reynolds as a substitute used one other one, @Kimberl26890376, the place in latest 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 images facet by facet — one in all Mr. DeSantis smiling along with his spouse and kids; the opposite of Mr. Trump flanked by 4 ladies at his ritzy New 12 months’s Eve occasion. “The distinction 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 consumer title as “Kimberly Reynolds” (she often goes by Kim). However it’s under no circumstances linked to both her verified political account or her official governor’s one, and it doesn’t establish her because the governor of Iowa. As of Thursday morning, @Kimberl26890376 had 259 followers, an indication of its obscurity, though the next included numerous 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 line with X, however a majority of her 58 posts have are available latest 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 put up from one other DeSantis supporter who wrote, “Trump has loyalty however calls for it from everybody else. That’s FEALTY. Which is smart as a result of these individuals desire a king.”
She has additionally “preferred” a spread of pro-Desantis, anti-Trump and anti-Nikki Haley content material.
And she or he has used her obscure account to supply mild critiques of Mr. DeSantis’s marketing campaign technique, at one level liking a message from one other consumer urging him to carry extra city halls. “The marketing campaign must get extra of those lined up, asap!” the put up mentioned.
Ms. Reynolds took a political danger in endorsing Mr. DeSantis when he was nicely behind Mr. Trump final yr, and he or she has aggressively campaigned to carry him within the state, together with showing in some advertisements. She additionally posts concerning the major race in her fundamental account, together with to mock Ms. Haley, the previous governor of South Carolina, for her latest comment that New Hampshire voters will “right” the choice of Iowans.
“I belief Iowans to make their very own choices. No ‘corrections’ wanted!” Ms. Reynolds wrote in a put up on her fundamental account on Jan. 3.
In December, Ms. Reynolds used the @Kimberl26890376 account to supply encouragement to Mr. DeSantis. “Adopted by 100% on guarantees made!!” she wrote in a single put up. “Chief!” she wrote in one other.