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Susie Wiles makes no apologies for leading Donald Trump's Florida campaign

Susie Wiles

Adam Smith

Susie Wiles



ORLANDO — What's a genteel, chamber of commerce, establishment Republican like Susie Wiles doing on a campaign like Donald Trump's?

Longtime admirers of Wiles, the daughter of legendary NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall, lately have been asking themselves — and Wiles — that question a lot as she steers Trump's tumultuous and divisive campaign in must-win Florida.

"I actually tried to talk her out of it. I didn't think it would be good for her," University of North Florida president John Delaney said of Wiles, his chief of staff when he was mayor of Jacksonville in the 1990s.

"I said, 'Susie, I don't think this is who you are.' But she has an uncanny nose for the mood of the people and she saw that he was going to win" the primary, said Delaney, who is so turned off by Trump he wrote in House Speaker Paul Ryan's name on the mail ballot he has already cast.

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