DeSantis Suffers Major New Loss

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( – On Saturday, Never Back Down, a super PAC supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, had three of its senior members leave the ranks. This is the latest indication that there is instability in the DeSantis camp with only six weeks to go until the Iowa Republican caucuses.

Kristin Davison, who had only taken over the leadership of the group two weeks ago, after CEO Chris Jankowski departed, announced that she would be exiting the pack. Similarly, on Saturday, Matt Palmisano, the group’s director of operations, and Erin Perrine, the group’s communications director were also reported by some sources familiar with the group to be leaving. Politico was the first to report on Davison’s departure.

Scott Wagner, a longtime ally of the Florida governor has now been announced as board chairman and interim CEO of the group.

Never Back Down has been instrumental for the majority of the presidential organizing duties of the DeSantis campaign, and has been responsible for a lot of the advertising following his May candidacy.

These latest departures come at a time when the DeSantis campaign is trying to cut into the lead that former President Donald Trump has across the country and in Iowa. Many voters are currently considering supporting the presidential campaign of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.

Never Back Down has been instrumental in DeSantis’ campaign, but the two cannot directly coordinate their efforts under the federal campaign finance rules. Still, the recent departures are also viewed as an attempt by DeSantis’ loyalists to win back control over Never Back Down.

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