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Head of DeSantis super PAC Never Back Down resigns

Chris Jankowski’s resignation is the latest staffing shakeup to hit Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid.
 
Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, N.H., on Tuesday. The chief executive of a super PAC that has provided crucial support for his presidential campaign has resigned.
Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, N.H., on Tuesday. The chief executive of a super PAC that has provided crucial support for his presidential campaign has resigned. [ KRISTOPHER RADDER | AP ]
Published Nov. 22, 2023|Updated Nov. 23, 2023

Chris Jankowski, the chief executive of the super PAC that has provided crucial support for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign, resigned Wednesday.

The super PAC, called Never Back Down, confirmed his resignation by providing a terse statement from Jankowski.

“Never Back Down’s main goal and sole focus has been to elect Governor 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,” it read. “For the future of our country I support and pray Ron DeSantis is our 47th president.”

The departure marks another bad piece of personnel news for DeSantis, who previously changed campaign managers and laid off more than a third of his campaign staff because of money problems.

That shortage of cash has meant that Never Back Down, which unlike the campaign can accept unlimited contributions, has provided a huge amount of support for DeSantis’ political operation, blurring the line that is supposed to separate campaigns from super PACs. At the end of June, the group had about $97 million of cash on hand, which is the most recent figure available.

The news of Jankowski’s resignation also comes days after a new pro-DeSantis super PAC, called Fight Right, was created, and began working on negative messaging against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who has increasingly posed a threat to DeSantis’ hold on second place in the Republican primary.

That group was established by a splinter faction of DeSantis supporters who were dissatisfied with Never Back Down, according to NBC News.