Despite low poll numbers, DeSantis makes sweeping changes, fires campaign manager

 August 9, 2023

The presidential campaign of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who has been struggling to get traction in the polls, announced Tuesday that its campaign manager had been removed.

The campaign confirmed to The Hill that Generra Peck had been replaced as manager by James Uthmeier, who was previously DeSantis' gubernatorial chief of staff. Peck's role as the campaign's main strategist will continue.

“James Uthmeier has been one of Governor DeSantis’ top advisors for years and he is needed where it matters most: working hand in hand with Generra Peck and the rest of the team to put the governor in the best possible position to win this primary and defeat Joe Biden,” said Andrew Romeo, DeSantis’s communications director.

Other Changes

David Polyansky, who was chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and most recently an adviser for the pro-DeSantis super PAC Never Back Down, will also be working on the campaign.

David Polyansky will also be a critical addition to the team given his presidential campaign experience in Iowa and work at Never Back Down. We are excited about these additions as we continue to spread the governor’s message across the country. It’s time to reverse our nation’s decline and revive America’s future,” Romeo said.

This is part of an effort to restart the campaign after it performed poorly in statewide and national polls.

Since entering the campaign in May, DeSantis has never risen higher than second place, behind Trump.

Trump has the backing of 53.7% of the voters, while DeSantis only has the support of 15.7%, according to the most recent polling average from Real Clear Politics.

The campaign had two rounds of layoffs and announced a "reset" to its backers in a statement sent out last month.

“We will press the gas on what works and pump the breaks on what doesn’t,” the memo reads. “We will continue to make constant improvements as we move forward.”

DeSantis' Chances

Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis is expected to entirely run out of money by October 1st, according to Republican strategist and former Trump adviser Roger Stone.

"By my calculations, given the lack of small donors who can give again, given the reliance on large donors who cannot give again-I think there's a high probability Ron DeSantis will be completely and totally out of money October first," Stone said on "The Great America Show with Lou Dobbs."

Before this week was done, the biggest donor to Florida's governor stated he was going to wait to donate until DeSantis could win over moderates.

“He does need to shift to get to moderates. He’ll lose if he doesn’t,"

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