September 30, 2023

Prior to announcing a bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is doing the final pieces.

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A source familiar with the situation told CNBC that the governor’s political campaign began moving from its Tallahassee offices to a new location on Monday.

The cost of the move is likely to exceed $5,000, a threshold that would trigger a 15-day countdown to file a so-called statement of candidacy for the operation. Form with the Federal Election Commission. move, which NBC News informed of Friday is expected to begin what is essentially DeSantis’ final sprint before he publicly announces his bid for the presidency.

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Also on Monday, DeSantis’ press secretary, Brian Griffin, announced He was leaving the governor’s office to “pursue other ways to help deliver gubernatorial success to our country”. According to Fox News, Griffin DeSantis is becoming press secretary for the political campaign, which was previously informed of Speed.

Griffin wrote in his resignation letter, “If I can be even a small part of the revival and restoration of our great nation, I am prepared to give it my all.”

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A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said in a statement that Griffin “has been a valuable member of the communications team and has worked tirelessly to serve Floridians, and we know she will enjoy serving the governor in her new role.” will continue to do so.”

The moves are far from clear as DeSantis is gearing up to make a move in the primary field, which has so far been dominated by former President Donald Trump. Long seen as Trump’s top Republican rival, DeSantis has seen his steady decline in early national polls in the potential primary field even as he tours key states and builds on recent legislative victories. claims.

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Meanwhile, it appears Trump has surged in the same polls despite recently being convicted of falsifying business records and being found liable by a New York jury for sexual assault and defamation. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges and has vowed to appeal the jury’s decision.

The polling gap between the frontrunners has widened, even though the super PACs supporting DeSantis and Trump have spent a comparable amount — more than $10 million — on advertising in the primary so far, according to data from ad-tracking firm AdImpact.

If the governor’s allies are able to transfer nearly $86 million from the state GOP to a federal super PAC, which can use it to fuel his national campaign, pro-DeSantis political efforts could soon get a big boost . Some experts expect supporters of the Florida governor to step in around the same time DeSantis announced his bid for the White House.

DeSantis has met with major donors in recent weeks to make his case as a presidential contender. However, some of those potential beneficiaries have praised the governor’s abilities. Bloomberg It is reported that Steve Schwarzman, a wealthy GOP donor, is stopping by after meeting her.

Meanwhile, DeSantis has continued to use his office to enhance his campaign platform. The governor signed several education-focused bills earlier Monday, including a freeze on funding for diversity, equity and inclusion programs at public colleges. Supporters and critics of those programs have accused each other of stifling academic freedom.

The anti-DEI bill is part of a wide-reaching, often politically divisive agenda that recently passed through Florida’s heavily Republican state legislature.

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“If you want to do things like gender ideology, go to Berkeley,” DeSantis said Monday at the signing event.

Both DeSantis and Trump were set to hold events in Iowa over the weekend, but former Pres. moved backCiting concerns about severe weather.

After averting that head-to-head moment, Trump went on to repeatedly bash DeSantis in the media.

“He doesn’t have the goods,” Trump said of DeSantis in a multipart Truth Social post on Monday, which railed against Fox News for allegedly covering the potential GOP challenger too favorably.

“Without my support, he was a dead man. Even with Fox, he’s already too close to her!” Trump wrote.