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DeSantis super PAC chairman steps down days after CEO quits 

The chairman of Never Back Down, the most prominent super PAC supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign, has resigned.

Adam Laxalt, who ran unsuccessfully for the Nevada Senate in 2022, resigned as chairman of the super PAC on November 26, four days after the CEO of the super PAC abruptly resigned. confirmed this to the Post.

“Having been campaigning in earnest for almost 26 consecutive months, Laxalt has decided to dedicate his time and attention to his family and law practice,” Laxalt wrote in a letter to the Never Back Down board, according to the newspaper. We need to bring it back,” he wrote. new york times.

Laxalt, a former Nevada attorney general and friend and former roommate of DeSantis, said he remains committed to the Florida governor’s presidential bid, the paper said.

Laxalt joined Never Back Down in April. He previously served as a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump and campaign co-chairman of the former commander-in-chief in Nevada.


Mr. Laxalt submitted his resignation to Never Back Down’s board of directors on November 26th. Getty Images

“I don’t see a path for him to win Nevada in the general election,” Laxalt said of Trump in June.

“Those voters are not coming back,” he added, pointing to Trump’s narrow losses in the Silver State in 2016 and 2020.

President Trump has endorsed Laxalt’s bid for the Senate in 2022.

His resignation comes amid significant turmoil at Never Back Down.

The super PAC’s former CEO, Chris Jankowski, resigned just days after a brawl nearly broke out at one of the group’s strategy meetings last month.

Scott Wagner, a Never Back Down board member and DeSantis confidant, asked the group’s political consultant during a discussion centered on countering the political rise of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. One person reportedly had to be physically restrained while trying to pursue Axiom Strategies founder Jeff Roe. Popularity.

“Never Back Down’s primary goal and sole focus is to elect Governor Ron DeSantis as President,” Jankowski said in a statement at the time. “Given the current environment, it has become impossible for me to achieve common goals. It goes far beyond strategic differences.”


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Laxalt is a close friend of DeSantis and his former roommate. Eric S. Lesser/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Florida Governor and his wife Casey DeSantis are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Never Back Down’s leadership, according to multiple reports.

The super PAC reportedly stopped advertising in Iowa over concerns that voters would easily associate Never Back Down with DeSantis and that the spot was actually hurting the governor.

At the couple’s urging, a new DeSantis-affiliated super PAC, Fight Right Inc., was launched last month.The group was given $1 million in funding from Never Back Down, a move that According to Ken Cuccinelli, a senior Trump administration official who was slammed as “extremely offensive” by a former NBC News.

According to the New York Times, Mr. DeSantis was in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, persuading potential donors to Fight Right.

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