A top Republican operative who worked as an adviser on Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s winning campaign has signed on to work for a super PAC urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for President.
Jeff Roe will serve as an adviser to Never Back Down, according to a person familiar with the arrangement but not authorized to speak publicly about it. Roe ran Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign and has advised numerous other GOP politicians, including Eric Greitens, who resigned as Missouri Governor in 2018 amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign violations.
Roe didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment late Wednesday.
The move comes as DeSantis readies for an expected 2024 Republican presidential campaign and works on building up a campaign infrastructure to support a potential bid.
It wasn’t clear what the departure of a top strategist would mean for Youngkin, who sparked speculation about a possible presidential bid after he captured national attention by defeating Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in 2021. Politico first reported on Roe’s new job.