Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential campaign, is shaking up his team in response to challenges meeting fundraising goals.
The DeSantis campaign has confirmed that it has let go of fewer than ten staffers, primarily from the event-planning team. The campaign said the decision was made with the intention of enhancing DeSantis’s prospects of defeating Biden, should the Florida governor secure the Republican nomination.
“Americans are rallying behind Ron DeSantis and his plan to reverse Joe Biden’s failures and restore sanity to our nation, and his momentum will only continue as voters see more of him in-person, especially in Iowa,” campaign spokesperson Andrew Romeo, who also verified that the staffers were let go, told The Hill.
Campaign spokesperson Andrew Romeo stated that the American people are rallying behind Ron DeSantis and his agenda to reverse Joe Biden’s perceived failures and bring sanity back to the nation.
Romeo believes that as voters witness more of DeSantis in-person, particularly in Iowa, his momentum will continue to grow. He added that overcoming Joe Biden and the significant financial support behind him requires an adaptable and candidate-centered campaign, and they are actively building a movement to achieve that goal.
Additionally, it was confirmed on Friday that two other crucial members of DeSantis’s team will be leaving to assist a political nonprofit aimed at garnering support for the governor.
Tucker Obenshain and Dave Abrams, two senior advisers for DeSantis’s presidential campaign, are leaving to assist the political outside group, Politico reported.
It was recently reported by NBC News that the DeSantis campaign had let go of “roughly a dozen staffers,” mostly “mid-level staffers across several departments whose departures were related to cutting costs,” according to its source.
Despite some concerns about the pace of his campaign, DeSantis managed to raise $20 million in the second quarter, despite being in the race for only six weeks. This achievement was highlighted by his campaign as the largest filing for a non-incumbent Republican candidate in the first quarter of their candidacy in over ten years.
However, in Republican primary polling, DeSantis still ranks second to former President Trump. Trump’s campaign recently reported raising over $35 million during the second quarter.
DeSantis has shifted his attention to early primary and caucus states and has been actively campaigning in Iowa over the past two days. Romeo stated that the recent opportunity provided by Donald Trump’s activities in Iowa has been seized by the DeSantis campaign.
In related news, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he would consider Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds as a potential 2024 running mate. Trump had recently feuded with Reynolds over her perceived lack of loyalty to him by remaining “neutral” in the GOP primaries.
“I opened up the Governor position for Kim Reynolds, & when she fell behind I ENDORSED her, did big Rallies, & she won,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
“Now, she wants to remain ‘NEUTRAL.’ I don’t invite her to events! DeSanctus down 45 points!” he added.
DeSantis subsequently came to Reynolds’ defense after headlining a fundraiser in suburban Des Moines for Rep. Zach Nunn on Saturday.
“Anybody who is a Republican who is trying to denigrate her is way off base on that,” DeSantis said.