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DeSantis replaces campaign manager as he continues reset of presidential bid

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Ron DeSantis, the Republican presidential contender and Governor of Florida, is overhauling his stagnant presidential campaign by replacing his campaign manager. James Uthmeier, who was DeSantis’ chief of staff in his state office, is taking over as campaign manager, stepping in for Generra Peck. Peck had previously overseen DeSantis’ reelection campaign last year before moving to manage his presidential effort but will remain involved as a strategist.

This change follows two significant staff reductions in recent weeks, with DeSantis letting go of roughly a third of his staff in late July due to financial constraints.

According to campaign spokesman Andrew Romeo, Uthmeier has been a vital adviser to Governor DeSantis for years and is essential to working closely with Generra Peck and the rest of the team. The goal is to optimally position DeSantis to win the primary and ultimately defeat Joe Biden.

Uthmeier’s previous actions have attracted attention; Politico obtained texts showing his involvement in a program to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last year, while NBC News reported an unusual arrangement where Uthmeier worked as a political fundraiser for DeSantis while still in his government office, raising ethical concerns. Before his tenure with DeSantis, Uthmeier worked in the Trump administration under Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and became part of a congressional committee investigation over his work on a 2020 census citizenship question.

Additionally, David Polyansky, an operative who was advising a super PAC supporting DeSantis, will join the campaign as deputy campaign manager. Romeo highlighted Polyansky’s critical importance to the team, especially his experience in early voting Iowa, a key testing ground for DeSantis. Polyansky’s previous campaign experience includes working for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, assisting Joni Ernst in her 2014 Senate win, and contributing to Mike Huckabee’s win in the 2008 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses.

Polyansky was seen with DeSantis in Iowa at events sponsored by Never Back Down and attended a function where DeSantis spoke for Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird on Saturday. This was separate from DeSantis’ official campaign but part of Never Back Down’s organizational activities.

The news of this staff shakeup was initially reported by The Messenger on Tuesday, with additional contributions to the report by Thomas Beaumont in Des Moines, writing for Big Big News.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword DeSantis campaign overhaul

Who is replacing Generra Peck as Ron DeSantis’ campaign manager?

James Uthmeier, who was DeSantis’ chief of staff from his state office, is taking over as the campaign manager.

What role will Generra Peck play after being replaced as campaign manager?

Generra Peck will stay on as a strategist in the DeSantis campaign.

Has there been any other significant staff changes in DeSantis’ campaign recently?

Yes, the changes include laying off about a third of the campaign staff in late July due to financial difficulties, and hiring David Polyansky as a deputy campaign manager.

What previous experience does James Uthmeier bring to his new role as campaign manager?

James Uthmeier previously worked as DeSantis’ chief of staff in his state office and also in the Trump administration for U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. He was involved in efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which later became part of a congressional committee investigation.

Who is David Polyansky, and what will be his role in the DeSantis campaign?

David Polyansky is an operative who was advising a super PAC supporting DeSantis. He will be joining the DeSantis campaign as a deputy campaign manager.

Was there any controversy surrounding James Uthmeier?

Yes, James Uthmeier was involved in Florida’s program to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard last year. NBC News also reported that while in DeSantis’ government office, he worked as a political fundraiser for DeSantis’ presidential campaign, which raised ethical questions.

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4 comments

Caroline K August 8, 2023 - 7:13 pm

never back down! love what theyre doing in iowa, polyansky is a beast in campaigns. go Desantis!

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Jerry Smith August 8, 2023 - 9:01 pm

I can’t believe DeSantis is shakin things up this late in the game, whats he thinking, maybe he knows something we don’t

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Tim_J1982 August 9, 2023 - 6:11 am

Wow, I just read about Uthmeier’s involvement with the migrants thing last year. wonder how that’s gonna play out in the campaign…

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Sara_M August 9, 2023 - 1:27 pm

it’s about time! Peck was good but the campaign was going nowhere fast. Let’s c what the new team can do

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