Ron DeSantis' campaign suffered a major setback following the resignation announcement of the CEO of the main Super PAC supporting the Florida governor's candidacy. Chris Jankowski informed the board of directors of Never Back Down of his resignation, justifying it because "Given the current environment, it has become untenable for me to deliver on the shared goal and that goes well beyond a difference of strategic opinion," explained Chris Jankowski."
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2023
Differences between the DeSantis and Jankowski campaigns
The New York Times. was the first to break the news, pointing out the differences between the current environment and DeSantis' campaign with the Super PAC line, which even hired ads to criticize the candidate's main rival at this time, Nikki Haley, in the fight for second place in the Republican presidential race in the polls. The former CEO also disagreed with the strategy, the way of managing money and how to regain the initiative against Haley, according to the aforementioned newspaper.
In a statement, made public by the spokesperson for Never Back Down, Jakowski, thus justified his departure, although he continued to ask for support for DeSantis "to be our 47th president":
Never Back Down’s main goal and sole focus has been to elect Gov. Ron DeSantis as president. Given the current environment it has become untenable for me to deliver on the shared goal and that goes well beyond a difference of strategic opinion. For the future of our country I support and pray Ron DeSantis is our 47th president.
Kristin Davison takes over
According to the NYT, Kristin Davison takes over as head of the Super PAC. The new CEO has just seven weeks to help the governor of Florida turn around the latest polls and establish himself as the great alternative to Donald Trump among Republican voters.
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 23, 2023