DeSantis advisers prepare for potential presidential run, explore staff options

January 29, 2023

Ron DeSantis are actively preparing for a possible presidential run, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the conversations who described meetings and preliminary staffing moves — the latest indication that DeSantis is laying a foundation for a national campaign. Another Republican with knowledge of the conversations said DeSantis advisers met recently to discuss the 2024 election. Bill Bowen, a New Hampshire GOP delegate, said that enthusiasm for a DeSantis campaign is high in his state. “I’m convinced there’s a good network of establishment party people in New Hampshire that will quickly have a very effective DeSantis campaign,” Bowen said. In his second term, DeSantis has leaned further into fights that galvanize the GOP base.