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Meet Kellyanne Conway, the sometimes Florida pollster who is trying to fix Trump's campaign



Aww, how cute. Our erstwhile colleagues Mike Bender and Beth Reinhard team up for a Wall Street Journal profile of Kellyanne Conway, the “pollstress” who has stepped in to turn around Donald Trump’s campaign. Conway may be familiar to readers of the Tampa Bay Times as she did polling for us in the past.

The writers describer her as  "A New Jersey native with a knack for snappy sound bites, Ms. Conway made her name in Republican circles by surviving in a space occupied by few females: overseeing opinion surveys for some of the party’s most conservative politicians. …

"Ms. Conway’s status as a Washington insider contrasts with the outsider image of Mr. Trump—who often mocks political professionals, saying he can read polls better than they can. She also exhibits many of the personality traits prized by the former reality TV show host. She’s a high-energy, fast-talking strategist. Former clients describe her as “no-nonsense” and praise her ability to boil complicated policies into easily digestible talking points. …

"Ms. Conway received at least $2.8 million over the last decade from federal candidates and committees, FEC records show. A big chunk of those earnings came in the current presidential race, after years working for House and Senate candidates. She earned more than $532,000 working for super PACs backing Cruz and another $705,000 working for a pro-Trump super PAC, FEC records show."

More here.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2016 12:12pm]


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