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A Key Adviser Returns to DeSantis’s Major Tremendous PAC

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The tremendous PAC that has been supporting Gov. Ron DeSantis’s presidential marketing campaign has introduced again an adviser who left the group months in the past, the fourth main change on the highest ranks of the group in current weeks.

The adviser, Phil Cox, had left the tremendous PAC, By no means Again Down, this spring and is now coming again to the group, in response to an e mail that Scott Wagner, the PAC’s board chairman, despatched Wednesday. Mr. Cox will return as a senior adviser and can oversee By no means Again Down’s “finances, subject and turnout operation,” the e-mail mentioned.

Mr. Wagner’s message additionally introduced the elevation of a handful of different employees members however didn’t point out who would fill a distinguished emptiness: its chief government.

The return of Mr. Cox marks the most recent shake-up at By no means Again Down and comes as Mr. DeSantis has been struggling to gradual the momentum of Nikki Haley, who has surged in polls after robust debate performances. The rolling turmoil inside a corporation that has performed a essential function in shaping Mr. DeSantis’s candidacy has been a behind-the-scenes distraction because the Iowa caucuses rapidly method in January.

First, the tremendous PAC’s chief government, Chris Jankowski, resigned earlier than Thanksgiving. Then the chairman of the group, Adam Laxalt, resigned. Then Kristin Davison, who had been named chief government days earlier, was fired over the weekend, together with two different senior officers.

Mr. Cox, who had served in a high function on Mr. DeSantis’s 2022 re-election marketing campaign for Florida governor, had left the tremendous PAC when it turned clear that Jeff Roe, a veteran Republican strategist who was Senator Ted Cruz’s marketing campaign supervisor within the 2016 presidential race, would have operational management of the group.

On the time, Mr. Cox’s agency was concerned with the Saudi-backed LIV golf community, which additionally had a monetary relationship with former President Donald J. Trump’s firm. Mr. Roe’s agency, Axiom Methods, had represented the PGA Tour, a rival to the LIV community.

Mr. Cox stepped down from his function as an unpaid adviser with By no means Again Down shortly after he was on the identical golf course the identical day as Mr. Trump. Whereas Mr. DeSantis was mentioned to not have been happy with Mr. Cox at numerous factors, Mr. Cox is near others advising the previous governor, and he was mentioned to have begun informally serving to the marketing campaign in current months.

Andrew Romeo, the DeSantis marketing campaign’s communications director, praised Mr. Cox in a press release. The tremendous PAC has been doing a lot of the work that historically has fallen to campaigns, together with coordinating occasions, dealing with journey logistics and financing analysis and polling.

“Phil is a gifted political operative, and we’re glad to have his and all of By no means Again Down’s unbiased assist as Ron DeSantis hits the closing stretch in Iowa,” Mr. Romeo’s assertion learn. “The extra loyal supporters of the governor who step as much as advance the mission, the higher.”

Mr. Roe’s destiny and function at By no means Again Down is unclear. Ms. Davison had been his high deputy.

The tremendous PAC and Mr. Roe didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Mr. Cox additionally didn’t reply to a request for remark.