The Presidential election of 2016 continues to heat up. Hillary Clinton hired the disgraced DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Donald Trump hired Steve Bannon, a media firebrand from Breitbart. Clinton goes after Trump’s “Art of the Deal” ghostwriter Tony Schwartz. Trump hires David Bossie, past president of Citizens United. It’s like a chess game – every move has a purpose with a planned strategy behind it. Trump is surprising some people with his unconventional moves. Clinton is just making dumb moves.
In less than one month, Trump has named a strong conservative media provocateur, Steve Bannon, as his campaign chief AND hired David N. Bossie, the veteran conservative operative who has investigated the Clintons for more than two decades, as his deputy campaign manager. I’d say Trump is playing a strong game to win.
H/T The Washington Post:
David N. Bossie, the veteran conservative operative who has investigated the Clintons for more than two decades, has been named Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager.
The Republican presidential nominee revealed his hire in a phone call with The Washington Post.
“A friend of mine for many years,” Trump said, speaking from his office in New York. “Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win.”
Bossie participated Thursday in strategy sessions at Trump Tower where he was introduced to campaign aides and Trump associates, according to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
Conway said Bossie would be assisting her with managing day-to-day operations and with strategic planning.
“He’s a battle-tested warrior and a brilliant strategist,” Conway said. “He’s a nuts-and-bolts tactician as well, who’s going to help us fully integrate our ground game and data operations, and help with overall strategy as my deputy.”
Bossie will also work on crafting attacks against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, mining past controversies involving her and former president Bill Clinton, and cultivating Trump’s bond with conservative activists….
Until this week, Bossie was president of Citizens United, the hard-line advocacy outfit that has mounted digital, film and advertising campaigns against President Obama’s agenda and against moderate Republicans.
Bossie will take a leave of absence from Citizens United for the duration of the campaign. And he has left the “Defeat Crooked Hillary” super PAC, which he had been running since June.
Bossie has written numerous articles for Breitbart News. He helped build opposition to House Speaker John Boehner, he opposed amnesties for migrants, he pushed Republicans to develop a replacement for Obamacare, he has campaigned for religious liberty, and he defended Americans’ free speech by winning the Citizens United case at the Supreme Court.
“Since the Citizens United decision there is more free speech in America — and, importantly, no evidence that corporations have been able to buy an election,” Bossie wrote in 2016. “In fact, the candidates with the biggest super-PAC war chests have often lost. Jeb Bush, who spent more than $100 million before dropping out of the Republican primary on Feb. 20, is just the most recent example.”
Let’s face it Trump is going to need to stay on top of his game because he will be fighting one of the biggest war chests ever – Clinton’s “pay-to-play” donations and the Clinton Foundation.
The good news, every time Clinton makes a dumb move, Trump follows up with a stronger move. The stakes have never been higher. The players never more willing to risk “whatever it takes” to win. The election is less than 66 days away. The clock is ticking. Nice move Donald. It’s Clinton’s move and the dirt’s coming.