(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: In a clear sign that he has surrendered to the fact that his presidential campaign is a disaster, Governor Ron DeSantis has taken steps to revive it by dismissing his campaign manager Generra Peck and appointing James Uthmeier, his former chief-of-staff, to the position.
James Uthmeier, who has worked for the Trump administration and has been a general counsel to DeSantis, announced his new role by writing to the Messenger, the publication that first revealed the news. He stated, “People have written Governor DeSantis’s obituary many times. From his race against establishment primary candidate Adam Putnam, to his victory over legacy media-favored candidate Andrew Gillum, to his twenty-point win over Charlie Crist, Governor DeSantis has proven that he knows how to win. He’s breaking records on fundraising and has a supporting super PAC with $100 million in the bank and an incredible ground game. Get ready.”
The previous campaign manager, Peck, will take up a new role as the governor’s chief strategist and has expressed her support for Uthmeier, her successor. She conveyed her thoughts to the Messenger: “Governor DeSantis is running one of the most aggressive early state campaigns in modern history. Our organization welcomes the best of the best and James is one of my closest colleagues and friends — we are better for his joining and providing day to day leadership. This team is built to last and built to win.”
This significant change follows a series of challenges for the campaign, including laying off around 38 staff members in late July. The governor’s campaign was struggling in the polls, particularly against former President Donald Trump, leading to a critical examination of the campaign’s financial management. Included in those let go were approximately ten event planners, and two high-ranking campaign advisers, Dave Abrams, and Tucker Obenshain, also departed.
The decision to make these changes was explained by then-campaign manager Peck, who remarked in an official release, “Following a top-to-bottom review of our organization, we have taken additional, aggressive steps to streamline operations and put Ron DeSantis in the strongest position to win this primary and defeat Joe Biden. Gov. DeSantis is going to lead the Great American Comeback and we’re ready to hit the ground running as we head into an important month of the campaign.”
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