DeSantis Dispatches 3 Top Aides to Iowa – Ron DeSantis’s campaign is relocating three key officials to Iowa this week, signaling the Florida governor’s increasing emphasis on a robust showing in the state’s initial GOP nominating contest. Among those making the move to Iowa are Deputy Campaign Manager David Polyansky, National Political Director Sam Cooper, and Communications Director Andrew Romeo.
Approximately one-third of the campaign’s national staff, around 20 individuals based in Tallahassee, will be stationed in Iowa for the caucus, with the possibility of deploying more aides in December. As part of their campaign strategy, the DeSantis campaign has established a new headquarters in Urbandale, marking their second office thus far.
The governor is set to visit this office over the upcoming weekend, and the campaign plans to open additional satellite offices in the state leading up to the January caucus. The allied super PAC, Never Back Down, has invested significant resources in Iowa, aiming to boost DeSantis’ standing. The governor has actively focused on the state, covering 92 out of 99 counties and securing an endorsement from Iowa’s governor, Kim Reynolds.
Nevertheless, recent polls indicate that he RElags behind former President Donald Trump in Iowa, contending for the second spot with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. The campaign’s intention to send national staff to Iowa was initially reported by The New York Times earlier this month.
Notably, two other Republicans, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, had similarly dispatched key aides to the state. However, reflecting the constraints of this strategy, Scott withdrew from the campaign over the weekend.