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Longtime Donald Trump ally Laxalt joins PAC supporting Ron DeSantis

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a longtime Donald Trump ally, will assist lead a political motion committee encouraging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to hunt the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Laxalt, who roomed with DeSantis on the Naval Justice School, will function the chairman of the Never Back Down tremendous PAC, the group confirmed Saturday.

Laxalt chaired Trump’s marketing campaign in Nevada in 2020 and has repeated Trump’s false claims of fraud about that race, gained by Democrat Joe Biden. Laxalt was a public face of a lot of Trump marketing campaign’s lawsuits within the swing state that challenged election guidelines and outcomes. Trump endorsed Laxalt within the 2022 Senate race gained by Catherine Cortez Masto, who was thought-about essentially the most susceptible Democratic incumbent within the midterm elections.

But Laxalt has remained a detailed buddy of DeSantis, who’s broadly anticipated to announce a White House marketing campaign quickly. Both had been Navy decide advocate generals and served in Iraq.

Never Back Down was began by Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia legal professional normal who had a high-ranking function in Trump’s Homeland Security Department. The political group has reported elevating $30 million.

One wing of the group has been elevating cash that could possibly be transferred to DeSantis ought to he get within the 2024 race. A distinct wing has begun operating pro-DeSantis adverts and pushing again aggressively in opposition to Trump in what’s more and more change into a bitter marketing campaign.

PHOTOS: Longtime Trump ally Laxalt joins PAC supporting DeSantis

Trump’s marketing campaign on Friday criticized DeSantis’ administration of the state the place they each reside, saying that “Florida continues to tumble into complete and total delinquency and destruction.” Never Back Down responded on Saturday by providing “financial assistance” for Trump to maneuver to California.

Prominent Republican operative Jeff Roe, who labored on Laxalt’s unsuccessful campaigns in 2018 for governor and final 12 months for Senate, started as an advisor to Never Back Down final month.

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