Trump Aide Resigns Over Campaign Direction
Healy Baumgardner, a political aid to four presidential campaigns, has quit Donald Trump’s campaign over a difference in direction.
The Hill reports:
A top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Florida has resigned over the direction of his bid, according to a new report.
Healy Baumgardner resigned on Monday.
“It is clear the campaign is now going in a direction that I am no longer comfortable with and I have decided to move on,” Bloomberg Politics quoted her as saying in a story published Friday.
Baumgardner, a 20-year political operative who has served on four presidential campaigns, added she looks forward to “honorably casting my vote for Mr. Trump on Election Day.”
Bloomberg Politics said Baumgardner emerged as an early television presence for Trump’s campaign before later shifting to Florida.
The GOP nominee’s campaign is experiencing multiple difficulties in the must-win swing state, it said, prompting Baumgardner’s exit.
Bloomberg Politics said Trump’s Florida team disagrees about spending $40,000 on campaign advertising that would be wrapped around an RV for a women’s bus tour there.
Trump’s Florida efforts also lack basic staples such as bumper stickers and yard signs, it continued, frustrating area supporters eager to tout their support, the report said.
The campaign’s Trump Talk phone banking system is additionally experiencing technical difficulties, according to Florida staffers who Bloomberg Politics said requested anonymity for fear of backlash over publicly commenting.
A Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released earlier Friday, meanwhile, found Hillary Clinton enjoys a 4-point edge over Trump in Florida, where Clinton is campaigning on Friday.
Clinton edges out the billionaire 46 percent to 42 percent among the crucial battleground state’s registered voters.
The Democratic presidential nominee clashed with Trump in their first of three presidential debates Monday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Polling released since the debate show Clinton getting a modest boost with voters at both the national and state levels.
Clinton leads Trump by about 3 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.
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