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DeSantis campaign turmoil

  |   By Polling+ Staff

Over there in Business Insider is the kind of political gossip campaign addicts love. The headline: https://www.businessinsider.com/desantis-reportedly-apoplectic-after-debate-strategy-posted-online-2023-9

DeSantis was ‘apoplectic’ after news sites reported his debate strategy ahead of time 

The story reported:

“GOP presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was reportedly ‘apoplectic’ after media outlets published copies of debate strategy that were quietly shared online by a company closely connected to his super PAC.

In mid-August, approximately a week before the first Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the New York Times released a report detailing pages of proposed debate strategy for DeSantis from his super PAC, Never Back Down.  The strategy included defending former President Donald Trump from any jabs by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, ‘hammer[ing] Vivek Ramaswamy,’ and going after President Joe Biden and the media.

According to a report from the Washington Post on Friday, the media’s publication of his potential debate strategy enraged DeSantis when he found out. His campaign and super PAC denied the reporting. 

Not to be too obvious, but when disaffected campaign staff in any presidential campaign are quietly going about embarrassing if not sabotaging the boss’s campaign, this does not bode well for a successful campaign.

There’s a ways to go until Iowa and New Hampshire head out to vote. But clearly, for any candidate to have a real shot at winning either or both they have to be running a tight ship.

Stay tuned.