Trump demotes Manafort, taps Jersey Girl as new campaign manager

Kellyanne Conway
Kellyanne Conway

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Is Russia’s loss now New Jersey’s gain, Save Jerseyans?

In any event, I’m glad to see the Trumpster taking at least a little bit of my advice to heart!

Recap: the struggling presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump underwent another significant shake-up on Wednesday morning. For the second time, the GOP nominee replaced his campaign manager — this time pro-Russian operative Paul Manafort — and replaced him with New Jersey-based a Republican strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway.

Trump also tapped Stephen Bannon, news chairman of the Trumpie propaganda site Breitbart, to serve as campaign chief executive, a new position.

Manafort will remain on the team as campaign chairman but his role appears to be a greatly diminished one going forward.

“I have known Steve and Kellyanne both for many years. They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win and know how to win,” said Trump in a statement announcing the move.

Conway, who has a long history of involvement in tri-state GOP campaigns, previously served as president of a major Ted Cruz “super PAC” but she also has had a long-standing relationship with Trump World. She’s informally advised him in recent weeks and boosted him through contributing roles with major networks in recent months.

She’ll certainly have her hands full over the next three months in a more direct campaign role…