Former Donald Trump appointee launches pro-Ron DeSantis PAC

A launch video lauds the 'never back down' spirit embodied by the Florida Governor.

Yet another PAC is urging Florida’s Governor to run for the White House. And this one has one degree of separation from former President Donald Trump.

The NEVER BACK DOWN PAC was rolled out Thursday by Ken Cuccinelli, the former Deputy Director of the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security. In a video announcing the latest in a series of organizations unaffiliated with Ron DeSantis that back him running for President, Cuccinelli lauded the Governor as the best choice for Republicans in 2024.

“Every election is about the future. And the future is not Joe Biden. The future is Ron DeSantis,” Cuccinelli contends in a video introducing the group.

The video credits DeSantis with “fresh conservative leadership” that includes having acted to “protect our children from Disney like no one in history” and “standing up to the educational establishment and the woke politics they brought into the classroom.”

“Under his leadership, Gov. DeSantis has made Florida the No. 1 destination for all Americans looking for a brighter future and a better life, with more freedom and opportunity than anywhere else in America. Gov. DeSantis has a proven record defending our borders, defending our kids, defending parental rights, defending the unborn, defending small business, and he’ll defend America,” Cuccinelli said.

“America’s future is Ron DeSantis. Ron DeSantis doesn’t just talk; he acts. But most of all, he never backs down. Gov. DeSantis, today I’m asking you to run for President. You’ve had our back; now we will have yours.”

The Cuccinelli operation is one in a series of groups unaffiliated with DeSantis pushing for the Florida Governor to chase the Republican presidential nomination. Veteran political strategist Ed Rollins launched the “Ready for Ron” movement last year. And the Ron to the Rescue organization likewise posits that DeSantis is “DeFuture.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    March 9, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I guess Ken didn’t catch John Oliver’s take on DeSantis on Last Week Tonight. I’m still laughing. My only complaint was some of my favorite Meatball antics he left out… the bullying kids about masks, the war on teachers, the anti history agenda particularly dealing with African Americans, just too many to all fit in a 30 minute show. But, hey, as long as he is truly helping Floridians by claiming to “…protect our children from Disney ” and “standing up to the educational establishment and the woke politics they brought into the classroom.” I mean what’s more important Ken??

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  • Matthew Lusk

    March 9, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    PAC ads have to be taken as overt propaganda. They can easily be manipulated to destroy a candidate as easily as support the same candidate. Who knows what the real agenda of any specific PAC is?

  • Josette

    March 11, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    DeSantis is a good Governor, but he is NOT President Donald J. Trump. All of you trying to get DeSantis to betray MAGA ARE betraying MAGA. We don’t need someone like Trump, WE NEED TRUMP. If DeSantis continues doing well as Governor, I could see him being President in 2028, BUT, 2024 belongs to TRUMP. He is the leader of our party, and if Trump forms his own party, We will follow. DeSantis needs more time to gain more knowledge, and, quite frankly, a WHOLE LOT of people who WOULD be DeSantis voters, will not be if he runs against Trump. It would feel like betrayal not only to Trump, but to all of us.

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