A top official on former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign has flipped to a PAC urging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to enter the 2024 presidential race.
Erin Perrine, who was the press communications director for Trump’s 2020 campaign, has joined the “Never Back Down” PAC, an organization led by top Trump-era Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli.
“Erin joining Never Back Down cements our ability to deliver our message and grow our movement effectively,” said Chris Jankowski, the PAC’s executive director. “She will play a leading role in making sure we get Gov. Ron DeSantis to the White House.”
Perrine’s decision to join the PAC comes after Trump claimed on Thursday that DeSantis was “being abandoned by his most ‘loyal’ people.”
After her work on the Trump campaign, Perrine went on to serve as the communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The top political strategist for Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, who has been rumored to be considering a campaign for the White House, also joined Never Back Down this week.
Jeff Roe, the founder of Axiom Strategies, was a key part of Youngkin’s victory in 2021 in what had in recent years become a reliably blue state. The Washington Post reported that Roe has expressed loyalty to Youngkin, but believes DeSantis is the only potential primary opponent who could beat former President Donald Trump. He said last month during a Fox News interview that there was “no room for a third or fourth, or even fifth person in this race.”
The report noted that Roe, who has previously worked for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO), indicated that his firm will only work for one presidential candidate.