Team DeSantis campaign staff reunited – and it includes former Trump officials
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has put together the team he hopes will help him win the Republican nomination and eventually the White House in 2024. And he selected a former employee of his senior competitor, former President Donald J. Trump.
First reported in the New York Post ahead of DeSantis’ official candidacy announcement on Wednesday night, DeSantis cemented his campaign team, including Generra Peck as campaign manager, who helped lead his victory in office. governor in 2022.
Peck, known as a shrewd political tactician, is close to both DeSantis and his wife, Casey DeSantis, and was praised by name at DeSantis’ inauguration in January, the Post wrote.
David Abrams, former director of communications for New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, will handle campaign messaging and paid media initiatives, according to the newspaper.
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Dustin Carmack, who served as chief of staff to the director of national intelligence during the Trump administration, will reunite with DeSantis as director of policy. Carmack was a political adviser to DeSantis during his tenure in Congress. Carmack most recently was a research fellow in cybersecurity, intelligence and emerging technologies at The Heritage Foundation
Florida pollster Ryan Tyson, a longtime member of DeSantis’ inner circle, would serve as senior adviser.
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Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’ governor’s press secretary, will take on the same role for the presidential campaign.
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Lauren Lifstrom, who handled finances for Cruz’s 2016 campaign, will oversee the DeSantis team books.
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Carl Seusa, who created digital fundraising platform WinRed, will serve as chief technology officer.
DeSantis is expected to announce he is running for president Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET during a conversation with Elon Musk on Twitter.