(UnitedVoice.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) was once neck-and-neck with former President Donald Trump in the 2024 primary polls. Then everything went wrong. In recent weeks, Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting the candidate, has been in chaos, and it recently suffered another major loss.
On December 16, a top Republican political strategist, Jeff Roe, announced he was leaving Never Back Down. He said he was “proud of the team” they built at the super PAC, along with the “incredible work and integrity of every devoted professional within the organization.” He said that his decision to leave was based on statements made in The Washington Post that day.
Roe was referring to a brutal article in the Post that outlined the failures within the super PAC and DeSantis campaign. The article mentioned all of the infighting between the campaign (which is legally not allowed to coordinate with the PAC) and Never Back Down. Roe took issue with super PAC officials telling the Post that they fired several officials affiliated with his firm over “mismanagement and conduct issues.”
I can’t believe it ended this way. I’m so proud to have worked alongside these men and women at NBD 24/7 the past nine months to save the country. Good luck the next 28 days and a wake up. I’m so sorry I can’t be there with you. pic.twitter.com/Rh4oQQ1tAE
— Jeff Roe (@jeffroe) December 17, 2023
The political strategist, who worked with some of the biggest names in GOP politics in the past, said he couldn’t “in good conscience stay affiliated” with the super PAC. He explained that the allegations in the Post weren’t true and were an “unwanted distraction at a critical time” for DeSantis’ campaign. Roe said he hopes the governor will be the next president and wished him the best.
Former President Donald Trump celebrated Roe’s departure saying, “GAME OVER for DeSanctimonious.” Chris LaCivita, a top adviser for Trump, said, “tick tock…times up.”
tick tock…times up https://t.co/hwHqmlJFbf
— Chris LaCivita (@LaCivitaC) December 17, 2023
DeSantis is currently trailing Trump by more than 50 points, according to FiveThirtyEight’s polling average. He has 12.3% compared to the former president’s 63.1%. He is hoping for a big showing in Iowa, but he’s behind more than 30 points in that state.
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