Punching down? Ron DeSantis campaign memo zeroes in on Tim Scott
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'We expect Tim Scott to receive appropriate scrutiny in the weeks ahead.'

The presidential campaign of Ron DeSantis is promising “scrutiny” for an opponent who has polled below him in every survey of the 2024 GOP field thus far,

In a “confidential friends and family update” memo first reported by NBC News, a South Carolina Senator stands alone as the only candidate who is not Donald Trump that the campaign professes to worry about.

“What has not changed are the candidates who are realistically being courted by the electorate. As it has been for the last year, Trump and DeSantis remain the only viable options for two-thirds of the likely Republican Primary electorate. While Tim Scott has earned a serious look at this stage, his bio is lacking the fight that our electorate is looking for in the next President,” the memo asserts.

“We expect Tim Scott to receive appropriate scrutiny in the weeks ahead. We’ve found low to no interest in Vivek Ramaswamy, Doug Burgum, and Nikki Haley while far too many voters will not consider Mike Pence and Chris Christie for them to feel remotely viable.”

Scott is not registering as a contender in most polling of the race. The Race to the White House polling average shows him with just 3% support, far behind DeSantis’ 20% and Trump’s 51%. In South Carolina, Scott has 10% support on average, behind DeSantis’ 18% and Trump’s 41%.

The Governor will be in the Palmetto State next week, with a campaign event in Tega Cay Monday and a press conference in Columbia Tuesday. If he is going on the attack against Scott, that would be a likely place to begin the onslaught.

The memo points to a strategy through Labor Day focusing on New Hampshire, despite the Governor being down 42% to 15% on average in the state.

“We will not cede New Hampshire. From what we can tell, pro-DeSantis efforts are currently and will continue to run a robust effort in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire, that includes paid media and field. While Super Tuesday is critically important, we will not dedicate resources to Super Tuesday that slow our momentum in New Hampshire.”

Biographical details will also be part of the appeal in those three states, along with an affirmation of Trump’s negatives that include “transgenderism” and a “cozy relationship with the Saudi royal family.” The campaign will court controversy with “big, bold ideas that get people talking.”

“The earned media is the cake. The paid media (early states and national conservative cable) is the icing and keeps the messaging points from the earned media hits in the voter’s face.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • J C S

    July 13, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    He’s attacking Tim Scott because he’s black. Period!

    • My Take

      July 13, 2023 at 8:24 pm


      • Dont Say FLA

        July 14, 2023 at 8:22 am

        Probably true, but Rhonda’s story, since they don’t want to alienate the black vote without which GOP cannot win once the gerrymandered districts get all cleared up, Rhonda’s story about Scott will be that Scott is a trans drag queen groomer. LOL @ Stupid Rhonda. Rhonda your slip is showing. Everybody know “trans drag queen groomer” is just the GOP’s new scary “others to fear” group now that GOP finally realized it can’t survive without black votes.

        Given how there’s more trans bans than there are trans athletes, GOP thinks they’re an acceptable group to target as “scary” and leverage for sowing division.

        Rhonda thinks he’ll lose 24 votes by going after trans athletes (24, which would be all trans athletes if they’re of voting age, plus their parent(s) too). What Rhonda and other GOPs fail to realize is folks have caught on their game of division and fear of others who really are 99% just like me and you, and the 1% difference between different types of folks, it doesn’t matter one whit.

        Us voter, we’re all Americans here in USA. When politicians are selling a story that other voters are your enemy, the divisive politicians are the enemy of the voters.

        If somebody does not like drag queens, stop watching the drag queens shows on TV and I bet you never see a drag queen again, not in your entire rest of your life, unless you actively seek one out.

        • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

          July 14, 2023 at 9:46 am

          ☆☆☆☆Daddie’s Girl-Much Love☆☆☆☆

  • Johnnie Talker

    July 13, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    Breaking news: The Meatball is dry, No $pecial $auce.

  • PeterH

    July 13, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    EVERY Republican candidate for president is against women’s health choices!

  • Rob Desantos

    July 13, 2023 at 11:39 pm

    The Racist majority of Lil Ronnie’s campaign are SO excited right now…

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 14, 2023 at 7:35 am

    I wouldn’t call it punching “down.” C’mon, it’s Rhonda we are talking about. That guy is worst of the worst humanity presently has to endure. He should start taking 3 Shih Tzu dogs for lakeside walks every morning and night.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 14, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Going after the Green Mile Guy is a waste of his time. Scott may have lured one of his billionaire donors away but it’s like the GOP toyed with Ben Carson because Fox talked him up. Sorry, they’re not going to vote for a Black guy.

    Republicans’ hair is still on fire over the election of Obama and the rescue of the economy, standard operating procedure for every Democrat who takes office after a Republican. The looting of the treasury with tax cuts for the rich never trickles down, it just explodes the debt and deficit and the rich get richer. (Reagan, Bush 2, Trump if examples are needed).

    Their answer to the deficit: cut SNAP benefits. Unbelievable.

  • Joe

    July 14, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Too bad Scott actually has political experience at the national level and will swat away Pipsqueak’s amateurish “scrutiny” like a bothersome fly. Your insular campaign team stinks, Lil Ronnie!

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