Chris Jankowski Resigns from DeSantis Super PAC

By Jerry McConway, updated on November 24, 2023

The DeSantis campaign has been filled with turmoil almost from the outset of the announcement that Governor DeSantis would run for president.

Even more chaos was revealed when Chris Jankowski, the chief executive of the Never Back Down super PAC, revealed why he was stepping down as CEO of the Super PAC.

Talking Points…

  • DeSantis rough start
  • Plunging in polls
  • Campaign chaos and Jankowski's resignation
  • Analysis

DeSantis Campaign Off to Rough Start

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chose to wait until after the first legislative session to launch his campaign, which probably cost him a serious run at the White House.

Then, when he finally launched, it did not go very well, but little did we know that it was a sign of things to come for DeSantis.

DeSantis made the announcement on X, and it was not well received.

DeSantis chose to use the "Spaces" feature on X, but numerous technical problems led to much criticism of the strategy.

For instance, longtime political consultant Mac Stipanovich stated:

"DeSantis is off to a disastrous start.

"You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it was not one of confidence and competence that he was trying to project."

From that point, there were allegations of mismanagement and lack of funding, with the campaign going over a complete overhaul only months into the election season.

Plunging in Polls

After the 2022 election was over, DeSantis was, for all intents and purposes, in a tie with Trump as the leading GOP candidate.

Trump immediately went for blood, relentlessly attacking DeSantis, who sat on his hands, only saying he had not made a decision and would not be doing so until after the first legislative session was completed.

This started the plunge, and DeSantis never recovered from it, now trailing Trump by about 40 points in most polls.

In the latest FiveThirtyEight average, Trump is now sitting at 60.3% to DeSantis' 12.6%, in what most believe is an insurmountable lead.

This also led to more candidates declaring that they did not know if DeSantis would be running. Had he announced right away, perhaps this would have been a head's up race the entire time, but now, we will never know.

Super PAC CEO Resigns

This has led to the resignation of Chris Jankowski, who was serving as the Never Back Down PAC CEO.

Jankowski's picture of the campaign is of one in complete and utter chaos, saying it goes "well beyond a difference of strategic opinion."

Never Back Down provided a statement by Jankowski on his resignation:

"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."

Reports also started to surface of some serious infighting about attack ads and how money is being spent for the campaign, with several key members on completely different pages on these subjects.

Analysis

I do not buy into the idea that DeSantis is dead in the water just yet simply because of Trump's legal problems and the polling if he is convicted.

That, as well as the field narrowing down, will play a significant role in whether DeSantis can defeat Trump in the primary race.

But let me be clear… if there is no guilty verdict and we head into Super Tuesday with Haley still in this race, DeSantis will more than likely be out of the race by that Wednesday morning.

The point is, that DeSantis needs the perfect storm of political events to take place in order to get him back into this race.

The hourglass is just about to get flipped over, so he clearly cannot afford to make any other mistakes if he wants to protect his political future.

Thus far, and it saddens me to say this, DeSantis has only shown that he is not ready to run a presidential campaign right now.

Even if this year is a loss, DeSantis must prove to conservative voters that he can win an election if he hopes to be taken seriously in 2028.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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