There's a new group aimed at urging Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to jump into the presidential bid — one started by a longtime Republican official who has been on both sides of the party's wrestling over former President Donald Trump.
Ken Cuccinelli, a former Trump administration official who fell just short of winning the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race, announced Thursday he's started the new pro-DeSantis group called Never Back Down.
"The energy is there, grassroots conservatives see the Governor as a leader and a fighter with a winning conservative track record who will lead the Republican Party to victory in 2024," Cuccinelli said in a statement.
Cuccinelli has been involved in Republican politics for years. He won a stint as Virginia's attorney general after serving in the Senate, where he gained prominence in conservative circles as the face of a number of high-profile cases, and went onto just narrowly lose the 2013 gubernatorial election as the party's nominee.
In 2016, Cuccinelli backed Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and was a key voice during party rules debates at that year's Republican National Convention. Later on, he joined the Trump administration and ultimately served as a top official at the Department of Homeland Security