DeSantis Super PAC Loses Adam Laxalt

By Victor Winston, updated on December 2, 2023

In a significant development within the political landscape, Adam Laxalt has stepped down from his position as the chair of the pro-DeSantis Super PAC, Never Back Down. This resignation marks another major setback for the PAC. 

Adam Laxalt, a key figure in the Super PAC dedicated to bolstering Governor Ron DeSantis' presidential aspirations, announced his resignation, citing personal commitments.

Laxalt's departure is seen as a blow to the organization, which is already grappling with internal challenges and lackluster polling performance. "After nearly 26 straight months of being in a full-scale campaign, I need to return my time and attention to my family and law practice," Laxalt explained in a statement.

Internal Strife and Strategic Tensions

The Never Back Down PAC has been experiencing a turbulent phase, marked by reports of internal disagreements and strategic conflicts. These issues have intensified in the run-up to the critical Iowa caucus, raising concerns about the PAC's effectiveness and cohesiveness. The situation has led to heightened frustrations within the DeSantis camp, particularly as the candidate struggles to gain traction in the polls.

Adam Laxalt's resignation follows another significant departure that occurred in November when PAC CEO Chris Jankowski stepped down, Breitbart reported.

Jankowski's exit was attributed to strategic differences, highlighting the deep-seated issues within the PAC's leadership. This period of instability has coincided with Ron DeSantis' campaign facing difficulties in making significant strides in voter surveys, further complicating the political dynamics surrounding his candidacy.

Shift in Campaign Focus

In the wake of these developments, the DeSantis campaign appears to be recalibrating its strategy. The campaign has started working more closely with the new Super PAC, Fight Right, for its advertising needs.

This shift indicates a possible realignment of resources and focus as the DeSantis team navigates the challenging political terrain.

The PAC's struggles have not been limited to internal leadership changes and strategic disagreements. There have been reports of heated arguments among PAC leaders, suggesting a deeper level of discord.

One notable incident involved a confrontation between Scott Wagner and Jeff Roe, with Wagner reportedly challenging Roe in a heated exchange.

Financial Transactions and Endorsements

Adding to the PAC's challenges are questions surrounding financial transactions and endorsements. Bob Vander Plaats, a prominent figure in conservative circles, confirmed receiving a $95,000 payment from the DeSantis campaign before publicly endorsing the candidate.

This revelation raises questions about the nature of political endorsements and the role of financial incentives in shaping public support.

These events unfold against the backdrop of a competitive political environment, with former President Donald Trump leading Governor DeSantis significantly in national polls and early primary states.

The gap in polling figures underscores the uphill battle facing the DeSantis campaign as it seeks to consolidate support ahead of the primary season.

Looking Ahead in a Divided Political Arena

As the DeSantis campaign moves forward, it faces the challenge of navigating a divided political landscape.

The internal struggles within the Super PAC and the campaign's pivot to a different PAC for support reflect the complexities of mounting a successful presidential bid.

The coming months will be crucial for the DeSantis team as it seeks to regain momentum and solidify its position in the race. PAC CEO Chris Jankowski offered the following, "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."

Conclusion

The outcomes of these internal adjustments will likely have significant implications for the broader political landscape and the future of the Republican Party.

  • Adam Laxalt resigns as chair of the pro-DeSantis Super PAC, Never Back Down.
  • Internal strife and leadership changes mark a turbulent period for the PAC.
  • The DeSantis campaign shifted focus to a new PAC, Fight Right, amidst polling challenges.
  • Financial transactions and endorsements come under scrutiny.
  • The political landscape remains competitive, with Trump leading in polls.

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About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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