Never Back Down, Florida’s top political action committee supporting Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign, has fired its interim chief executive less than two weeks after taking office.
The super PAC confirmed to Fox News Digital that Kristen Davison has stepped down as interim CEO just a week and a half after replacing Chris Jankowski.
The news comes after former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt resigned as Never Back Down board chair last week. In his resignation letter to the board, Mr. Laxalt said he would continue to support Mr. DeSantis in any way he could while he turned his attention to his family and law practice.
Never Back Down has named Scott Wagner, a longtime DeSantis ally, as interim CEO. He will also serve as Chairman of the Board, succeeding Mr. Laxalt.
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“Scott Wagner will now serve as Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO of Never Back Down,” spokesperson Jessica Szyzmanski said in a statement to FOX News Digital. We look forward to continuing his great work to elect Governor DeSantis as the next President of the United States. ”
Davison’s departure represents the latest staff shakeup at the super PAC in recent weeks.
Jankowski resigned as CEO on Nov. 22, four days later Laxalt resigned as chairman of the board, and five days later Davison was fired as interim CEO. In addition, Never Back Down spokesperson Erin Perine was also fired, according to Semafor.
Other staffers have also left the super PAC in recent days, but it’s unclear how widespread these departures are, POLITICO reported.
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The DeSantis campaign is also troubled by other issues facing super PACs. A source close to the governor told Politico that the campaign believes the Never Back Down TV ads were ineffective. DeSantis campaign manager James Usmayer suggested in a memo last week that the super PAC should shift its focus to voting programs.
As the chaos of Never Back Down continues, DeSantis allies have formed a new super PAC, Fight Right. Never Back Down is the only parent DeSantis group and has been responsible for more campaign functions than most super PACs typically do. But the formation of the new group calls into question Never Back Down’s role as the campaign prepares for the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses.
Never Back Down has hosted several campaign events, most notably a campaign tour through each of Iowa’s 99 counties that also featured DeSantis. SuperPac also focuses on grassroots organizing in Iowa.
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In response to Usmeyer’s memo, Never Back Down will focus on local expansion ahead of the Iowa caucuses, while Fight Right will focus on TV ads, Politico reported.
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