Donald Trump announces hires in key early-voting states

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Donald Trump Snags Top Rick Perry Adviser As Former Texas Governor’s Campaign Struggles.

Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Sam Clovis, a prominent Iowa conservative activist, will serve as national co-chairman of the real estate mogul’s presidential campaign, the latest sign that Trump is putting an organizational emphasis on the state’s February caucuses. Sam Clovis, the prominent conservative Iowa operative who departed Rick Perry’s campaign this week, is heading to Donald Trump’s camp to serve as his national co-chairman and policy adviser. “I had an opportunity to get to know Mr.The former Texas governor, who hoped he would fare better in this presidential election than in his disastrous 2012 try, is poised to reorganize his already under-funded and under-manned staff in Iowa — a development that some of his top aides concede may be the beginning of the end.Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told a huge crowd in Dubuque tonight they are part of the “silent majority” that has catapulted him to the top of the polls — and he made a plea for them to stick with him when the voting starts five months from now. “You know, it’s one thing to have the ‘summer of Trump’,” Trump said. “It doesn’t mean anything unless we win both the nomination and we’ve got to beat Hillary or whoever’s running.” The crowd cheered Trump’s vow to stop eating Oreos because Nabisco is moving production from Chicago to Mexico and they cheered Trump’s promise to tax any foreign-made cars that are imported into the U.S. “Who would you rather have negotiating against China, against Iran — what a deal that is, o.k., you talk about incompetent people — against anybody: Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton or Trump?” Trump asked. Trump called Republican members of congress “weak people” who have failed to follow through on their campaign promises, like “knocking out” ObamaCare. “I don’t know.

But the hits keep coming for the former governor, who in the span of a month has missed the cut for the first Republican presidential debate, halted payments to his staff and watched a coveted Hawkeye State adviser depart for a hated rival’s campaign. His fundraising has been so poor, thanks in part to Ted Cruz soaking up lots of Texas money, that Perry had to temporarily stop paying his staff two weeks ago.

In South Carolina, Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the Citadel, is now Trump’s state coalitions director and James Epley is his upstate regional director. During the call, according to two campaign officials, the aides were informed that a reorganization was being worked out and would be completed either late this week or early next week. Now, Perry’s supporters are hoping he can rebound with a leaner-and-meaner staff, tougher contrasts with his GOP rivals and a little bit of luck in a volatile race. “We are confident that Gov.

The money’s since started flowing again as the campaign has begun to outsource operations to his Super PAC, which has plenty of dough in the bank, but there’s no getting around the perception that he’s struggling. Trump, who is leading GOP polls nationally, said in an interview that he is determined to expand his campaign in the coming weeks, moving from a small circle of aides to a national grass-roots operation that he hopes will sustain the momentum he has built this summer with raucous speeches and seemingly nonstop appearances on television talk shows. “They said I wouldn’t run. The Perry campaign announced almost three weeks ago that it would be unable to pay its staff in the key first polling states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Trump is exactly the person to do that.” Clovis’s departure from Perry’s camp comes as the former Texas governor’s campaign has struggled to pay staff.

Perry has sought to stand out in the GOP field by being one of the party’s most vocal critics of Trump, but Clovis said those comments don’t represent his views. “I think it’s more the fact that I had a chance to talk with Mr. One Republican operative in Iowa said that half a dozen Perry staffers currently working in the state contacted him on Monday to inquire about job prospects. They said I didn’t have a campaign,” Trump said, with a hint of exasperation. “Well, I did — and I do.” Iowa, especially, is a top target for the businessman.

In a state that has long embraced evangelical conservatives, Trump believes that his profile as a Washington outsider gives him a path to victory in a crowded field — and that a win there could give him significant political capital as the race unfolds next year. Chuck Laudner, an organizer leading Trump’s efforts in Iowa, has been campaigning across the state for months in a navy-blue bus with thick white block letters spelling “TRUMP” across the side. At the time, Perry’s high command gave staffers the green light to look for other work if necessary, an unflattering episode Clovis rehashed at a news conference broadcast live for national TV audiences. “I think they were having to go back and restructure the campaign, and I felt it was the honorable thing to do for Gov. He told the Austin American-Statesman that it was more of a communication thing: “I had not heard from the campaign in quite some time and I assessed that they were making adjustments based on their situation and I was not part of that conversation. Trump took questions from reporters for more than half an hour and engaged in a lengthy and sometimes terse exchange over immigration policy with a reporter from Univision.

In the years since, Perry — with his fashionable new glasses — sought to brand himself as a serious-minded policy wonk, crisscrossing the country to deliver speeches on the perils of threats from abroad and spending months holding sessions with top conservative policy experts. Meanwhile, he sure has sounded excited about Trumpmania lately in interviews with WaPo: “It’s been fascinating,” Clovis said of Trump’s rise, adding that he’s so intrigued by Trump that he now watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” each day and tries to sees his rallies live on television. “What the hell else do you have to do on a Friday night except watch Donald Trump in a football stadium?” Clovis said, referencing last week’s Trump rally in Mobile, Ala. “It was fascinating. The groups pulled in $17 million in the last fundraising report, far outpacing the campaign’s haul of around $1 million, and looks poised to aid Perry for as long as he is interested in running. Some of the doom and gloom for Perry can be traced back to late July, when his national polling began to tick downward and he ultimately failed to qualify for the prime-time debate in Cleveland.

Senate in 2014, introduced Trump as thousands cheered the candidate’s attacks on his Republican rivals and his hard-line views on illegal immigration, a central issue for Iowa conservatives. “I am pleased to welcome Dr. Clovis to our team and am confident he will be a great asset in Iowa and around the country as we continue to lead all local and national polls and share my vision to make America great again,” Trump said in a statement before the event. But Haus, who worked on Perry’s 2012 campaign, said he was staying aboard. “I told [Perry] I’ll be with him [until we] turn the lights off, in whatever capacity they want me to be in,” Haus said. “My support for him will never waver, I’ll caucus for him … when I give my support like that, I’m a loyal guy, that’s what I do.”

Every event we go to — the Boone County Eisenhower Social, the Black Hawk County Lincoln Dinner, the boots-and-barbecue down in Denison — the Trump people are everywhere with literature and T-shirts and signing people up.” How long was Clovis being quietly wooed by Team Trump? All the while, a pro-Perry super PAC has been preparing to pick up the slack for his cash-strapped campaign, which took in a meager $1 million during its first fundraising quarter.

That number set off alarms within the ranks of the super PAC, known as the Opportunity and Freedom PAC, and it began mobilizing to prop up Perry in the Hawkeye State, where his allies have long believed his famous retail skills and under-the-radar work ethic could translate into a strong come-from-behind finish in the caucuses. You can imagine how much an egomaniac like him would relish picking off a major staffer from a guy whose campaign has been distinguished so far by his eagerness to attack Trump and “Trumpism.” I wonder how many secret calls Lindsey Graham’s campaign manager has had with Team Trump about coming aboard.

Corey Lewandowski, a former New Hampshire-based strategist at Americans for Prosperity, which is affiliated with industrialists Charles and David Koch, remains as campaign manager, overseeing Trump’s political operation. This isn’t the only story swirling in the past 24 hours either about Trump trying to score a PR coup by winning over a prominent supporter of one of his competitors.

The WSJ published a piece yesterday about him chatting with Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund manager who’s backing Scott Walker, about joining his campaign. In a speech to conservative activists Saturday in Ohio, he lobbed thinly veiled barbs at the other GOP governors running for president, including Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. His overall message seemed tailored to a stage of the 2016 race in which the GOP hopefuls seen as the most convincing anti-Washington forces — Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and U.S. Even the pros think he’s a plausible enough nominee now that they’re willing to dump a respected governor like Perry (and maybe, eventually, Walker) to work for him.

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