DeSantis Press Secretary Bryan Griffin resigns, joins political operation

by | May 15, 2023

  • Bryan Griffin, Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, has announced his resignation and intent to join the governor’s political operation for a potential 2024 Presidential campaign.
  • Griffin has served as Spokesperson for DeSantis since August of last year.
  • The relocation of Team DeSantis from the Republican Party of Florida headquarters suggests an imminent announcement of DeSantis’ presidential candidacy, with Griffin expected to become the spokesperson for the campaign.

Bryan Griffin, Press Secretary for Gov. Ron DeSantis, announced that he is resigning on Monday afternoon, posting his resignation letter on Twitter. Fox News reports that Griffin will move to the governor’s political operation ahead of an expected candidacy for the 2024 Presidential election.

Griffin first took over as Press Secretary last August, succeeding Christina Pushaw, who herself transitioned to serve as Director of Rapid Response on DeSantis’ re-election campaign, where she remains today.

In his resignation notice, Griffin touted legislative actions undertaken and passed by DeSantis, including education reform; the prohibition of environmental, social, and governance economic indicators; and disaster responses following the landfall of hurricanes Ian and Nicole last year.

“All of these things that Governor DeSantis has accomplished in Florida can be replicated nationwide,” wrote Griffin. “However, our nation is currently burdened with historic challenges … the challenges can be overcome, and America is worth the fight. I believe that Governor DeSantis is the only leader who can see us to victory at this critical moment. Because of this, I am stepping away to pursue other avenues of helping to deliver the governor’s success to our country.”

Griffin’s resignation coincides with reports of Team DeSantis relocating from the Republican Party of Florida headquarters this week, hinting at an imminent announcement of DeSantis’ presidential candidacy. All indications point towards Griffin assuming the role of spokesperson for his campaign. The cost of the move is likely to surpass $5,000, triggering a Federal Elections Commission requirement that necessitates a ‘Statement of Candidacy’ filing within 15 days.

“I am proud of the work we have done, and I truly believe that because of our work Florida will be a safe, prosperous, exceptional, and successful place for our children and posterity to live for generations,” said Griffin. “Together, we have irrevocably enshrined freedom and truth into Florida’s institutions and law.”

Prior to his work in the Governor’s Office, Griffin held various roles with the London Center for Policy Research, the Maccabee Task Force, the Parliamentary Institute of Cambodia, and the Journal of International Affairs, where he served in various capacities spanning communications and media to field organization.

It is expected that Deputy Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern is poised to assume Griffin’s position, while a new Deputy Press Secretary has yet to be named.

This is a developing story. 


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