December 2, 2023

Former DeSantis Super PAC Chair Adam Laxalt Steps Down

Adam Laxalt, a former attorney general of Nevada, has stepped down as chair of the Never Back Down Super PAC, which was formed in support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

With fewer than two months to go before the Iowa caucuses, this is the second big departure from the group, as Breitbart News reported.

Never Back Down, a super PAC that supports DeSantis, and DeSantis's presidential campaign have reportedly been at odds on multiple occasions.

The governor's presidential campaign has been beset by a lack of progress in the polls, and now both sides are pointing fingers at one another, adding fuel to the fire.

Laxalt's Background With the Candidate

Laxalt officially joined the Never Back Down PAC in April and served as chair.

He has connections to DeSantis that go back to their days at the Naval Justice School. Reportedly, though, his tenure as chair was brief, and he has since resigned.

Laxalt stated in a letter to the board that he needed to redirect his efforts elsewhere, but that he remained dedicated to DeSantis as the 2024 GOP nominee, as reported by the New York Times.

“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,” he wrote.

Other PAC Losses

This development signifies the PAC's second significant setback, with the recent departure of Never Back Down's chief executive.

Chris Jankowski, the previous CEO, tendered his resignation in November, attributing it to differences that “well beyond a difference of strategic opinion.”

He said in a statement: "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. For the future of our country, I support and pray Ron DeSantis is our 47th president," he added.

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