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Chairman of pro-DeSantis super PAC steps down

Never Back Down CEO Chris Jankowski stepped down in late November, saying it had "become untenable for me to deliver on the shared goal and that goes well beyond a difference of strategic opinion."

Published: December 1, 2023 3:19pm

Adam Laxalt stepped down as the chairman of Never Back Down, a pro-DeSantis super PAC, marking the latest departure from the organization as the Florida governor's bid for the Republican nomination appears to be faltering.

Never Back Down CEO Chris Jankowski also stepped down in late November, saying it had "become untenable for me to deliver on the shared goal and that goes well beyond a difference of strategic opinion."

Laxalt, the former Nevada attorney general, joined the organization in April of this year after losing his 2022 Senate bid. He announced his departure in a Nov. 26 letter to the board that the New York Times reviewed.

"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. 

Revelations of Laxalt's departure came one day after the Florida governor faced off against California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a Fox News debate. DeSantis currently averages 13.6% support in the RealClearPolitics polling average, trailing former President Donald Trump by 48.4%.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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