The top strategist for Ron DeSantis’ super PAC privately told donors that Vivek Ramaswamy posed a threat to the Florida governor — and bragged that the super PAC was behind an avalanche of opposition research targeting the rival candidate.
“Everything you read about him is from us,” Jeff Roe, the leader of the DeSantis-aligned Never Back Down told the gathering of donors. “Every misstatement, every 360 he’s conducting or 180 that he is going through in life, is from our scrutiny and pressure. And so, he’s not going to go through that very well, and that will get worse for him.”
Roe was speaking just hours before the first GOP primary debate, in remarks captured in an audio recording obtained by POLITICO. A spokesperson for Never Back Down did not return a request for comment. Ramaswamy’s campaign, however, cast Roe’s comments as evidence that the candidate was gaining momentum.
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NEW — DeSantis super PAC head honcho Jeff Roe was caught on tape telling donors he’s spreading dirt on Vivek
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