Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is having to adjust his campaign staff in a dramatic way as his 2024 presidential campaign appears to be faltering even before the first GOP debate.

According to a Tuesday report, DeSantis has been forced to lay off one-third of his staff even as his campaign burns through funds in an attempt to woo enough GOP voters to remain viable heading into the primary season.

“Multiple media outlets have reported that DeSantis has had to go around and explain his faltering campaign to his big donors over threats of cutting off the spigot,” one report noted.

Advisers have confirmed that a total of 38 jobs will be cut across various departments. This includes approximately 10 event planning positions that were announced a few weeks ago, as well as the recent departures of two senior DeSantis campaign advisers, Dave Abrams and Tucker Obenshain, POLITICO reported.

“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,” DeSantis campaign manager Generra Peck noted in a statement to the outlet.

“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,” he added.

The increased cuts indicate that the Florida governor’s team is now focusing on streamlining their operations due to financial concerns. The campaign recently reported raising $20 million in the second quarter of this year; however, a substantial portion of that amount has already been spent. Additionally, a significant portion of the funds raised came from donors who had already contributed the maximum allowed and could not contribute further, the report said.

“According to recent federal filings, the campaign counted 90-plus staffers on its payroll through the end of June,” the outlet added.

At a donor retreat in Deer Valley, Utah, last week, Peck admitted that the campaign had exceeded budget in certain areas and acknowledged the necessity for additional adjustments.


The advisers also laid out strategies for DeSantis, who has faced criticism for running an extensive operation, to reposition himself as an insurgent underdog. To reduce costs, the campaign plans to organize smaller, more intimate events and cut down on travel expenses, POLITICO reported.

While some aides will be departing from the campaign, they will continue to be involved in the broader effort to elect DeSantis. Both Abrams and Obenshain are anticipated to assist an external pro-DeSantis group, for example.

“But in a further indication that the campaign is looking to tighten its belt, the campaign is naming Carl Sceusa its chief financial officer. Sceusa is also serving as chief technology officer,” POLITICO reported.

In recent weeks, the campaign has implemented several staff changes. Ethan Eilon, the digital director, has been appointed as the deputy campaign manager. Cody Hall, a prominent political adviser to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, has joined as the senior communications advisor, the report said.

Additionally, Andrew Romeo, who previously served as the campaign spokesperson, has been promoted to the role of communications director.

While DeSantis ties or barely pulls ahead of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in most polling, the GOP leader, former President Donald Trump, appears to be pulling ahead of them by comfortable margins in a growing number of surveys.

According to the latest Harvard-Harris poll, there has been a notable surge in support for Trump, who garnered 47 percent approval from respondents, surpassing Biden’s approval rating of 40 percent, giving Trump a clear 7-point lead.

As for DeSantis, the results showed him in a dead heat with Biden at 42 percent apiece.

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