After a months of a hard-fought campaign, it looks like the Trump team is undergoing an overhaul.
Trump is hiring known Republican strategist to improve his existing team and make major changes.
According to Politico:
Under the guidance of his new strategist Paul Manafort, Trump on Wednesday brought aboard Rick Wiley, Scott Walker’s former campaign manager and a former senior party official well versed in the rule-making process that might decide the GOP nomination in a contested convention.
Wiley’s hiring demonstrates how quickly Manafort is consolidating his own power within Trump’s campaign, gaining influence with the candidate and exerting authority over those who had previously reported to campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the campaign.
A political campaign has many moving parts. It’s often a struggle in itself to manage and oversee it all.
One as massive as Trump’s nation-wide Presidential campaign is bound to have its weak points, and without strong leadership, can devolve into chaos.
“There are two campaigns being run in Trump world. And nothing is happening because no one is sure who they’re supposed to be listening to,” said one operative familiar with the campaign, who said staffers have reported receiving different instructions from Lewandowski and Manafort, or officials loyal to them.
The shakeup will come as no surprise to those following the Trump campaign. After their shocking loss in Colorado, word spread how those responsible for the state were hardly present. A big factor in Cruz’s sweep of the delegates can be attributed to a lack of planning on the part of Trump’s people.
But everything’s on the line for Trump, as we get closer to the general election. If he is to grab the necessary 1237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, his campaign must be perfect. That means everyone working for him cannot slip, not even once.
So will Trump’s new hire, Paul Manafort, be able to right the ship? Or will problems on the inside lead to a brokered GOP convention?