The co-CEO of a pro-DeSantis super PAC has resigned amid increasing tensions between the organization and its largest donor. In a press release, the˜Rebuild Florida Coalition’ announced on Monday that Zachariah Zachariah had stepped down from his post.
According to an insider cited by The Miami Herald, Zachariah’s decision came in the wake of “increasing tensions between him and the PAC’s largest donor, the Gourmet Group LLC.” Gourmet Group has been the primary backer of the PAC since its launch in 2017.
A new CEO has yet to be named, but the group said it plans to continue its advocacy efforts in support of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his policies.
It is unclear what caused the tensions between Gourmet Group and Zachariah, or between Gourmet Group and Rebuild Florida Coalition as a whole. The Miami Herald reported that Zachariah’s resignation was “the latest shake-up” for the PAC, following a string of “fundraising issues.”
According to the report, Gourmet Group “contributed $1 million to the Rebuild Florida Coalition in 2018, but this year has been much less generous.” The group has reportedly contributed less than $100,000 this year, leading to speculation that there was a rift between the two parties.
It remains to be seen how the PAC will adjust to Zachariah’s departure and whether or not the tensions between Gourmet Group and Rebuild Florida Coalition will be resolved.