RYAN: Bannon, Stepien, now Bossie…
TRUMP: A great thing about running a campaign in the mud: you find all these free mud guys down there!
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) September 2, 2016
— Robert Costa (@costareports) September 1, 2016
I’m sure they’re getting paid plenty (assuming Trump’s not the one writing the checks), but it’s amazing how for a campaign like this all the worst people can find time to help out. From the Washington Post article:
… “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.
The addition of Bossie, who first gained notice in the 1990s as the Republican congressional staffer who aggressively delved into the Clintons’ finances and dealings, is the latest sign that the Trump campaign’s new leadership team is embracing right-wing figures whose ties to the party’s elected leadership have been tenuous or even hostile…
Bossie brings long-standing ties with Trump and his inner circle. He is a friend of Bannon and Conway whose political projects have often overlapped with his own. He is close to the secretive Mercer family, who have funded his organizations and been major backers of Trump’s candidacy.
That leaves three Mercer allies — Bannon, Conway and Bossie — atop the Trump campaign. Hedge-fund investor Robert L. Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, were key players in urging Trump to reshuffle his campaign this summer…
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.
Citizens United is best known as the orchestrator of the 2010 Supreme Court decision, “Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,” a historic ruling that ended many restrictions on political spending for corporations and unions…
Bossie provided advice to Trump ahead of the 2012 presidential campaign when Trump was flirting with a bid for the White House. Three years later, he was central in recommending Trump’s political hires ahead of the 2016 election, introducing Trump to the campaign’s first manager, Corey Lewandowski, and introducing Bannon to Trump.
There had been deliberation both internally and with party leaders about whether to formally bring Bossie into the campaign, with conversations over whether he was right for the high-ranking post and whether his confrontational style would fit…
Deliberation: Can we afford to be seen in public with this legbreaker? Is it too late to salvage any part of the ‘respectable’ GOP from Deadbeat Donnie’s gang of cranks and grifters, or have even the most willingly gullible Media Village Idiots given up selling our cover stories due to the sheer number of bloody fingerprints on the wrappers? Is it time to stop pretending we’re a conventional political party, and just go full-time grifter, like Newt and all his fellow ‘freedom caucus’ nimrods from the last Clinton presidency?
It's like he just collects the worst people in politics. Uncanny. https://t.co/kSAu19CSe9
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) September 1, 2016
His personal friends include Don King, Jeffrey Epstein and the late Roy Cohn. https://t.co/xTdLBG6YCJ
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 1, 2016
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) September 2, 2016